Danny the Champion of the World – by Roald Dahl

5 08 2016

A few years ago I started reading Roald Dahl’s books in publication order, alternating them between my “proper reading”, but somehow they started to fall by the wayside.

This year would have been Dahl’s 100th birthday, and my friend told me about a reading challenge she’s doing – to read all his children’s books before his birthday, 13th September. She was telling me how she was reading this book the same week that I read the tweet below, so when I discovered that it was also the next of his books I was due to read, I realised it was time to start up the series again!

It’s a beautiful story of Danny and his dad, rekindling his dad’s former hobby of poaching. Sounds simple enough, but their relationship is lovely, and it still contains a whole load of Dahl’s wackiness – how did he even think of sewing up raisins with a needle and thread?!

I’d never read this book, I didn’t have a clue where the story was going, and yet still loved it. It’s very much the good guys vs the bad guys, and as a children’s book obviously the good will win out, that’s hardly a spoiler, but the story as it goes remains nicely unpredictable.

The other slightly weird thing that happens is that Danny’s dad tells Danny the story of the BFG one evening. I’ve never read that one either, but it’s a bit further down my list (which means he hadn’t written the full book yet when he woke this one) so I’ll have to wait – maybe the DVD of the new film will be out by then!


danny the champion of the world



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