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MatthewB.jpg (12408 bytes)Title: Danny The Champion of the World

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin

My name is Matthew Higgins. I got this book from a boy in my class. It is about a boy called Danny and his father. Danny’s Mum died when he was a baby and he was brought up by his father. They lived in an old gypsy caravan behind a filling station, which his father owned. His father was a good mechanic. Danny was proud of his father and loved his stories. When Danny was 9 years old he found out his father’s deep dark secret of poaching.

One night Danny’s father went poaching. When Danny woke up his father had not returned and Danny was worried. He decided to look for him. He took the car that they had been working on, to get to the wood faster. His father had fallen down a pit and hurt his leg. His father had to go to hospital. Mr. Hazell owned the wood where Danny’s father poached. He didn’t like him because he was a snob. Danny’s father wanted to ruin Mr. Hazell’s "Open Day" shooting party by poaching all the pheasants.

Danny had the idea to put sleeping tablets in raisins and feed them to the pheasants. The night before the shoot they went to the wood and they scattered the raisins. They waited awhile and gathered the birds and hide them at the vicar’s wife’s house. The next day the vicar’s wife came with the pheasants hidden in a specially built pram. Just then the birds woke up and flew from the pram. Mr. Hazwell also came along and he was also angry because he knew the pheasants were his. A policeman arrived and it was decided to try and drive the birds back on to Mr. Hazwell’s land. The birds were still drowsy and landed on top of Hr. Hazwell’s car. He was furious. Suddenly all the birds flew off in the opposite direction of the wood. The Doctor had found six pheasants that had eaten too many of the raisins and would never wake up. They divided the birds between them. Danny’s adventure was over.

I liked this book because it was exciting and full of interesting stories. I would give it ten out of ten for this book.

Written by: Matthew Higgins