maandag 20 augustus 2012

50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 36: Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Title: Danny the Champion of the World
Author: Roald Dahl
Story: Danny feels very lucky. He adores his life with his father, living in a gypsy caravan, listening to his stories, tending their gas station, puttering around the workshop, and occasionally taking off to fly home-built gas balloons and kites. His father has raised him on his own, ever since Danny's mother died when he was four months old. Life is peaceful and wonderful... until he turns 9 and discovers his father's one vice. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world.
Start: august 17th 2012
End: august 20th 2012
Comment: This book was a gift and this isn't very well known. At least I never heard of it before receiving it. We start out with Danny, who is happy with his life with his dad. He looks up to his father and loves his stories. I liked the start of the book. We meet Danny and his dad and he tells us about his life in a gypsy trailer and their gasstation. Then Danny's dad reveals that he used to be a poacher and wants to pick it up again. That I didn't like. I don't like poachers and definitely not when dads teach their kids to do it too. In "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" they also poached, but they were foxes. That's nature. What I did like and was probably my favorite aspect of the book was that the entire story was told by Danny himself. That way you can really experience the story through Danny's eyes. What I also liked was that Dahl made a few references to some of his other books, like "The BFG" and "The Witches". So far, "Danny the Champion of the World" is my least favorite Roald Dahl book. I think it's because of the theme, not the story itself.
Rating: 3/ 5

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