October 2011 Guest Editor Roddy Doyle. All of Dahl’s books are great, but this one stands out for two reasons: 1. the poaching plans, and the poaching itself, are brilliantly precise and an invitation to the reader to choose poaching as a career, or at least a hobby; and, 2. the love between the father and son is wonderfully written, and probably the best I’ve read.
Danny lives with his dad in an old gipsy caravan behind a filling-station. Danny's dad is the best - a wonderful mechanic, a brilliant storyteller and a genius at kites. But, as we all learn as we get older, grown-ups can be complicated creatures, and so it is that one day, when he is nine years old, Danny discovers that his dad has a deep, dark secret. It is a secret that is just about to lead them on a dangerous and thrilling adventure...
Publication date: 25/01/2018
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd September 2010|
|Publisher:||Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Books|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers|
Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents – the child of a second marriage. His father and elder sister died when Roald was just three. His mother was left to raise two stepchildren and her own four children. Roald was her only son. He had an unhappy time at school - at Llandaff Cathedral School, at St Peter’s prep school in Weston-super-Mare and then at Repton in Derbyshire. Dahl’s unhappy time at school was to influence his writing greatly. He once said that what distinguished him from most other children’s writers was &...More About Roald Dahl