Sunday, August 31, 2008

Danny the Champion of the World

Title: Danny the Champion of the World
Author: Roald Dahl

What it's about: Danny has a marvelous dad, a kind, inventive man who raises Danny by himself. But everyone's got a secret, and Danny's father is no exception. He has a secret, exciting, dangerous hobby, and Danny soon joins his father in this pastime. Then the villainous Mr. Hazell comes into the picture, and Danny and his father decide to one-up the man with a clever scheme, the likes of which has never been seen before.

What I thought: This book showcases Dahl's marvelous imagination. Before the main story starts, we get treated to a lovely view of Danny's idyllic life with his father, including all of his father's projects and inventions. Then when the main plot shows up, the descriptions of the woods are suitably atmospheric, and the various methods used on the pheasants are quite creative. And of course, the final scene is just grand and hilarious.

Overall: An enjoyable story through and through.

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