This book was so fun to read! Danny’s father mentions the Big Friendly Giant, which is the main character in The BFG also by Roald Dahl, so your kids might be interested in reading that book too.
My Mom-Meter gives this particular book an overall safety rating of 1 (Safe) for ages 7 and up.
Wikipedia has a good synopsis of the book here.
Here are the potential moral issues parents might wish to talk with their kids about:
- Danny’s mother died when he was born. He lives alone with his father. His father misses his mother very much.
- Danny comes from a line of great poachers. His grandfather studied the best scientific ways to catch pheasants, and Danny’s father is one of the best poachers around. Danny becomes the best poacher of them all. They only poach from a rich man who was very mean to Danny and his father. Potential Discussion Point: Is it right to poach, even if it’s from mean, rich men?
- Danny skips school to be ready to try out a new method of poaching.
- Mr. Snoddy, the headmaster at Danny’s school, sips on a glass of gin all day every day. Everyone in school thinks it is water, but Danny knows the truth. Danny’s father says that he doesn’t blame Mr. Snoddy, and that he was married to Mrs. Snoddy, he would drink poison.
- Danny takes a very nice car (a Baby Austin), that isn’t his to rescue his father.
- Danny’s father gets caught and break his ankle in a huge pit that gamekeepers had dug to catch poachers.
- Danny’s father says “Jeepers” once.
- Danny references the lines on his hand as “fortune-teller lines”
- Danny is struck with a cane on his bare hand as punishment in school. Danny’s father says he will kill the man who did it. He calms down, and doesn’t attack the man.
- Danny and his father use sleeping pills to “dope” the pheasants.
- They mention putting sugar in the gas tank of a car to keep gamekeepers from chasing poachers.
From a kid’s perspective: “Boys 6 and up who like funny things like a flock of pheasants landing on the bad guy’s Rolls Royce will like it. 3 stars out of 5 stars.”