Book Review: Danny the Champion of the World
Author : Roald Dahl, pages: 2014
Roald Dahl’s message to Children Who Have Read This Book, when you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important
a stodgy parent is no fun at all
What a child wants and deserves
is a parent who is
While parents of little children are anxious and worried whether or not their kids would be safe to attend school in this year of Pandemic. I’m trying my utmost to present before them this review of Roald Dahl’s book. It may not be an antidote to their fear. But if it diverts their fear for a couple of hours, I consider it worthy of my effort.
This is the story of a kid named Danny and his father.
When Danny was four months old, his mom passed away. He had no siblings nor any other relatives. He grew up an only child and enjoyed the sole attention of his Dad.
The father and child lived in an old gipsy caravan which had roamed around the country side and parts of England. When the caravan was no longer useful to ride on, it came into the hands of Danny’s father, he used it as his house. It was a tiny room, there was a bunkbed which Danny and his father used to sleep.
Danny’s father took the top, while Danny had the lower bunk. Life was going well for the two. When Danny was five, he helped his father in the filling station which his father owned.
The filling station had two pumps and a tiny workshop. In it there was an old table and a cash register. Danny’s father had a number of customers who’d come to get their cars filled and get some small repair done.
Danny learned to fly a kite and loved it. He and his father built it and had a time of their life flying it.
Something strange happened when Danny was nine years old, he went to bed as usual, something woke him up, he looked down from his bunker and found out his father was missing. Where did he go and why, was the question Danny had on his mind.
When he saw his father coming, he asked his father, ‘why did you leave me alone and where did you go?
When his Dad told him, he had a secret. Danny thought adults are complicated people.
What his father told him and what happened next is something, dear readers you have to find out by reading the book. It will also tell you why, Danny was called the champion of the world.
I think it is a book both adults and children would enjoy reading as I did.