Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl was published in 1975. The copy I own was illustrated by Quentin Blake. Danny and his father live in a Fortune Teller's caravan that is parked next to their filling station where they also repair cars.
One night when Danny's father is out late, Danny learns that his father, his late-mother, and his grandfather used to poach pheasants from their rich neighbors land. They liked the secrecy of it, and although I am not a supporter of poaching in any manner. I enjoyed this story because of the relationship Danny has with his father.
Their adventures get them into trouble, and the story is funny and often tender. Danny learns to drive while he is a child, and he is a big help to his father. I think children will like this story. I love the part when the baby is in the buggy and the birds are flying everywhere - too funny and a bit scary.
Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.
Another way to help our project is to purchase books from this Usborne link as we are currently using the hostess benefits to help buy books for the babies. You buy books that are delivered to your house for your children or grandchildren - or as baby shower gifts, and the hostess rewards help us get books for our NICU babies - a win win for all. Thanks to those of you who have already ordered; we are on our way to getting a lot of books for the babies.
Read to a child today even if that child is you.