Danny Seaimpín an Domhain

Roald Dahl

7.50

224 pp; paperback; ISBN 978-1-909907-87-4

Danny, the Champion of the World is a 1975 is one of Roald Dahl’s most popular children’s books.

The story is about Danny, a young boy, and his father, William, who live in a gypsy caravan fixing cars for a living, Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father a boy could wish for. Life is happy and peaceful in their gipsy caravan, until one day Danny discovers his dad has been breaking the law. What’s more, soon Danny has to join his father as they attempt to pull off a daring and devilish plot against their horrible, greedy neighbour, Mr Victor Hazell.

The plot is centred on the moral dillemna faced by good people who do ‘bad things’, and ultimately shows that one can bring about change by small actions. The book was filmed in 1989 and has been translated into dozens of languages.

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