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Publisher's Note:

Danny’s dad had a secret, but now the secret’s out and it’s going to lead Danny on the adventure of a lifetime.…

Overall Book Review:

Danny the Champion of the World is a story about a father and son.  Of course, that is not all it’s about, but the relationship between them is so strong that it is likely to be what readers remember the most.  In fact, it was the first thing mentioned by my six-year-old when I asked her to summarize the book.

My children and I read this together and found it to be an enchanting read aloud.  There is not as much action or oddity inhabiting its pages as one may be used to finding upon opening the cover of a book written by Dahl, but the story is memorable in its simplicity and unique in its plot line. 

Illustrations are included every few pages which helps hold the interest of younger children, and the writing is such that my kids (ages 6-11) where always begging for more when I reached the end of the chapter and began to shut the book.  It is an enjoyable read for young and old alike and can be added to the list of Dahl favorites which, for me, includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:    A character refers to people in the past having been shot, but not fatally; a man verbally threatens a child with a “good hiding;” a character is injured falling into a trap that was set for the purpose of catching people. 

Sax/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of a family member, poaching.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

I have learned through the years that what I read has a strong impact on the way I feel and how I look at life. I have learned to be wise about what I read. As a mother of four, I try to encourage my kids to choose good books. I try to help them to find favorite authors and explore new genres.