Danny the Champion of the World
Like many, I was a fan of Roald Dahl as a child and read most of his books. You would probably think that the BFG (Big Friendly Giant for those unfamiliar) would be my favourite, as it is with most Roald Dahl fans, however it is the lesser known “Danny the Champion of the World” that has always been the most special to me.
I have made it a point to read it to all of my four children, one by one. I have just finished reading it to my youngest, Jamison, who is nearly 7. To be honest, I think I enjoy reading it more that my children, but they do like it; I am sure.
What has always struck me is the character of William, Danny’s father. Roald Dahl depicts William as a kind, gentle, strong, secure father figure for Danny, whose mother died when he was very young. Written in 1975, it is an early piece of literature in the evolving “modern father” treatise that we are seeing the fruition of now.