"Danny, the Champion of the World" by Roald Dahl

Kasia Malloy-Mortellaro, one of our five-year-old "regulars" at the library, enjoyed reading Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl so much that she wrote a synopsis and book review for her neighborhood library's web page! Following is Kasia's impression of the story as told to her mother:

book cover of Danny, the Champion of the World

"There was him as a baby. But his mother died when he was a young boy. But, that was okay because he still had his father. And his father was a good poacher. Do you know what he was a good poacher of? Pheasants! But once poaching he broke his ankle, and Danny helped him. And Danny was a champion poacher. He suggested raisins, but not just raisins worked. There had to be sleeping pills inside to work. And it make them fall asleep when they were roosting in the trees.  And they would fall right down off the trees. And they used flashlights to find the pheasants."

Kasia's favorite part:  "When they found the pheasants on the ground."

Would you recommend this book to other kiddos and why?  "Yes.  Because it's a good book because Danny knows what to do because his father broke his ankle.  I just finished reading it for a second time!"

If Kasia's book review has piqued your interest in Roald Dahl's writings, check out his other works. Most of the titles below can be found in the children's fiction section under JUV J DAHL unless otherwise indicated. You can also reserve them online.

  • Matilda (book and DVD)
  • The Enormous Crocodile
  • The Witches (book and DVD)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (book and DVD)
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • More about Boy:  Roald Dahl's Tales from Childhood
  • Boy: Tales of Childhood   (YA 92 D129)
  • Vile Verses  (821 DAHL)
  • Umbrella Man and Other Stories  (YA FIC DAHL)
  • Esio Trot
  • Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes (JUV 641.51 DAH)
  • George's Marvelous Medicine
  • The Twits
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (book and DVD)
  • The Magic Finger