Release Date: 02/09/10
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...
This was perhaps my first Roald Dahl read so is one that will always have a place in my heart with fond memories attached. Whilst it’s not my favourite, that first title that brings you to a new author who will become a childhood friend for a number of years will always have a special place and be one that you can recall what you were doing the first time you read it.
This offering, which unfortunately is now pretty dated, is beautifully written with characters that could just step off the page and appear to the readers imagination. Back that up with a great villain, a bold daring plan and an overall arc that is not only impressive but a standard for others to follow and you’ve got another tale that is worth the price of hardback.