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What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it's just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she's very, very angry, the littleWhat happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it's just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she's very, very angry, the little girl's Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it's turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that's just the beginning of their problems…....

Title : The Magic Finger
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ISBN : 9780142413852
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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The Magic Finger Reviews

  • Lily C
    2019-06-22 09:02

    Lol, 1st book for the Booktube-A-Thon complete!

  • Mischenko
    2019-06-25 15:48

    You can also see my review @ Magic Finger by Roald Dahl is a story about a girl with a magic finger. She lives next door to the Gregg family who like to hunt for fun and this makes her very angry. She doesn’t think it’s right for people to hunt animals for fun and when she gets angry, her finger takes control. Her magic finger has a special lesson in store, but the big problem is not knowing exactly what will happen when she uses it.The story teaches a huge lesson to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I read this with two of my younger children and we all enjoyed it. It’s certainly thought-provoking and inspired an entire conversation with my family about eating meat and how we should be responsible and care for the animals we have. It will also get you thinking about why it’s important to control your disposition because actions always have consequences.5*****

  • Starjustin
    2019-06-25 10:57

    Written in 1964 Roald Dahl's 'The Magic Finger' is a lesson well taught through a little girls magical finger. This lovely children's book is illustrated throughout by Quentin Blake. This was my second Roald Dahl book and I am looking forward to reading many more. Highly recommended!

  • Miranda Reads
    2019-06-20 11:54

    Remind me not to piss off this girlThe Girl with the Magic Finger often lashes out. She can't help it - if she gets mad at an injustice, her finger does something...magical.She did it once to a terrible teacher - with disastrous consequences. She tries her best to avoid using it but sometimes, it just happens. The Gregg family loves to hunt - oftentimes for sport rather than need - and the poor girl has to watch them bring in all these dead animals every week. She witnesses the Gregg family kill bird after bird (bringing home sixteen of them one day) and in her anger, she points at them with that magic finger. And thus begins the Gregg family's harrowing journey and path to redemption.The plot felt more than a little heavy-handed - with the Gregg family painted as complete and utterly evil. I do agree that over-hunting for fun should always be avoided but to paint the family as that bad? And the plight they are forced to suffer seemed more than a little extreme. Overall, not Dahl's best but certainly better than the worst.AudiobookNarrated by Kate Winslet, this story was delightful to listen to. She does an excellent job with tone and characterization!

  • AhmedEjaz
    2019-06-02 12:37

    There is a girl who has a magical finger. We don't know her name. Anyway, it doesn't matter because she is just a narrator of the book.This book is about Mr. Gregg and his family. They hunt for pleasure. The Girl, our narrator, forbids them but they don't listen. And by accident, her finger magically turns them into the bird. After that they face hardships of bird's life and get to know that how it feels to face a gun.This is a children book. I read it for my younger cousin for his school's work. I liked it. But there were very obvious plot holes. Of course it's a children book. So it doesn't feel that bad. August 4, 2017

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2019-05-30 08:55

    Stay out of her way - or she'll zap you! The book The Magic Finger is a wonderful story about controlling your temper from the ever-exuberant and humorous Roald Dahl. Up there in the second tier of my favourite Dahl books!

  • Miriam
    2019-06-12 10:03

    No hunting! It is mean! Plus, you never know when your psycho neighbor is going to flip out and and punish you with her "Magic Finger" (does that sound dirty to anyone else?). Better to stay inside where it's safe. Don't answer the door to any kids, or ducks.This seems preachier than is the norm for Dahl. The magic isn't developed, and we don't spend enough time with the narrator to know her or care about her. The way in which the narrator characterized her magic finger as something outside herself and not under her control, while Dahl makes it clear that her feelings direct what happens, could have led to a really interesting psychological examination of anger and action and valuable points about responsibility and self-control. I would rather have had a longer book that dealt with those issues.

  • James
    2019-06-17 11:46

    Not Roald Dahl at his finest - nevertheless a good short entertaining book with the usual great illustrations by Quentin Blake. For anyone who doesn't agree with hunting birds for 'sport'.......For anyone who ever got angry and wanted revenge.......

  • Agir(آگِر)
    2019-06-26 09:46

    سرانجام صبح شد و گرمای خورشید را با خود آورد...خانم گِرِگ گفت: «خب، خدا را شکر که به خیر گذشت! اصلا دلم نمی خواهد دوباره توی لانه بخوابم!» او نگاهش به پایین انداخت و فریاد زد: وای! نگاه کنید! پایین را نگاه کنیدآن پایین، چهار اردک تفنگ ایستاده بودند و سه تای آنها تفنگ داشتند. یکی از آنها تفنگ آقای گرگ، یکی تفنگ فیلیپ و یکی تفنگ ویلیام را به دست گرفته بودند. تفنگ ها درست لانه را نشانه رفته بودندآقا و خانم گرگ هردو باهم فریاد زدند: نه! نه! نه! شلیک نکنید! خواهش میکنم شلیک نکنیدیکی از اردگ ها گفت: چرا شلیک نکنیم؟ شما همیشه به ما شلیک می کنیدآقای گرگ گفت: اما فرق می کند! ما اجازه داریم به اردک ها شلیک کنیماردک پرسید: کی این اجازه را به شما می دهد؟آقای گرگ گفت: ما به هم اجازه می دهیماردک گفت: خیلی خوب است. و حالا ما خیال داریم به همدیگر اجازه بدهیم که به شما شلیک کنیمخانم گرگ فریاد زد: وای، خواهش می کنم! دو بچه کوچکم این بالا پیش ما هستند! شما نباید به بچه های ما شلیک کنیداردک گفت: دیروز شما به بچه های من شلیک کردید و هر شش تای آنها را کشتید

  • Mariah
    2019-06-27 07:58

    I really enjoyed this story! It was a fast, easy read that was very entertaining.This story would be a perfect fantasy story about animal rights. The main character lives next door to a family that loves to hunt birds. She doesn't like that they are hurting animals, so she tries to talk them out of it, but they only laugh at her. Then one day the family goes too far and kills a ton of birds. This makes the main character angry and when she is angry her finger starts to tingle. She didn't mean to turn her magic finger on the family, but when the little girl is angry her Magic Finger takes over. It turned the family into birds! This forces them to live in a nest, eat nonhuman food and more. Then more problems keep arising... I suggest this book to anyone that likes short stories and Roald Dahl's amazing writing :)

  • Trish
    2019-06-22 14:57

    It's almost tradition that the first book of the year is one by Roald Dahl. This year, I've chosen a book about an 8-year-old girl that remains unnamed (first-person narrator), who lives next door to a family with two boys. Both boys go hunting with their dad every day, which doesn't sit right with the girl since killing animals just for fun is wrong (I completely agree).But this is no normal girl because she has the titular magic finger and when she gets angry ...The story is a classic but no less wonderful tale of the value of life and how humans often think animals less. As usual in Roald Dahl's stories, they are being taught the error of their ways - and in a pretty funny way too. This is one of his shorter stories but has immediately become one of my favourites!As usual, I have the edition with Quentin Blakes wonderful black-and-white illustrations that not only capture the spirit of the story but also its fine, schadenfreude-laden humour. A wonderful way to start the New Year.

  • Ferdy
    2019-06-22 13:37

    Not my favourite Roald Dahl, it wasn't quite as magical or memorable as Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, nevertheless it was still a quick, fun story about talking ducks and a girl with a magic finger.

  • Matt
    2019-06-05 08:47

    On this mini-binge of Dahl writing, I came across this short story that speaks volumes to the younger generation. Our young narrator speaks about the Gregg family, known for their hunting trips that scare much of the wildlife in the area. The reader learns of a secret power possessed by the narrator, whereby an itching feeling from the tip of the finger leads to a small white flash and then all is changed for the better. During one of their hunts, the Greggs are unknowingly zapped by this 'magic' finger while the narrator watches, which turn the hunted ducks into a small flock of pests that chase the Gregg family back to their cottage. After a night of fitful rest, all four members of the family arise to find that their hands have been replaced with wings and they are banished outside, forced to fend for themselves. For the following day, the Greggs must fly around and try to find food, while a family of four human-sized ducks inhabit their home. Having learned their lesson, the Greggs try to regain some sense of normalcy in their lives, while also seeking to make a change for the better. Dahl impresses with this story that teeters on the edge of silliness, while also instilling some valuable lessons for the reader. Perfect for a coffee break or a snuggle up with some younger ones before bed.Dahl knows how to pull on all aspects of story writing to keep children interested while also bringing forth important lessons. The reader will see some of the humour and silliness within this story, but also sense a serious side that Dahl wants to express, in this case the importance of respecting all that lives in the community, be it other humans, flora, or even fauna. If memory serves, this was one story that earned Dahl a significant amount of money when he was still getting into the children's genre (before Charlie Bucket and The BFG). It shows in the writing, as he was still more serious in his delivery. Life lessons abound in this story and the reader is left to hope for more pieces with powerful moral undertones. An entertaining piece that should not be missed by readers young and old.Kudos, Mr. Dahl for all your delightful work. Children of many generations can surely rely on being entertained and educated with these wonderful pieces.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at:

  • Renée Paule
    2019-06-05 14:50

    I just listened to this on YouTube ... another brilliant story from Roald Dahl.

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    2019-06-03 08:50

    I never got around to reading this one as a kid - the library didn't have a copy and it looks like I never found it in a second-hand bookstore. Did I miss out on anything? No. The Magic Finger is the story of an unnamed girl. The girl has a magic finger which blasts people for being asses. There's a little backstory, how she got her teacher, and then it's onto the main event - a hunter and his boys who shoot ducks. This makes the girl angry!Simple, moral, a touch of Dahl. But, despite the title, no magic - no Dahl magic. It amused me for about 20 minutes, and the baby was quiet for 20 minutes. But it's no Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-06-25 10:53

    One of the more unknown of Dahl's stories and one I hadn't actually heard of before, but then I'm not so well versed in Roald Dahl's works as I always thought I was.It's a good storyline with a lovely moral, but still quite simplified and I think maybe more could have been made of it. Perhaps, because of the theme of guns and hunting, it needed to be shorter for a children's book. It was written much like his others, so there is not much to compare with, but it lacked the whimsy and grace as his others.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • Grapeseed22
    2019-06-13 15:00

    I finished The Magic Finger by Raold Dahl in only 28 minutes! It's great! I have whole set of Roald Dahl books! And I have seen most of the movies!👆The Magic Finger is a great juvenile fiction. These kind of short stories are the best ones! THUMBS UP👍

  • Sarah
    2019-05-30 13:05

    This is a book about a girl who punishes a family who hunts using her magic finger. In the end, the family vows never to hunt again. But my question still remains: plenty of people who read this book eat meat, yet agree that the hunters should be punished. But should they? What's the difference between eating meat and hunting your own meat? At least they know the animals weren't tortured or abused. Maybe I'm reading too much into this...

  • Ceri
    2019-06-05 12:38

    This is a short story which can easily be read to a child in one sitting, with lots of pictures. The story is an anti-hunting for sport story, where a family who hunt get an idea of how it must feel to be their prey. My children (aged 8 and 6) really enjoyed this story.

  • Angel Gelique
    2019-06-14 10:04

    What goes around, comes around in this incredible story by the very talented Roald Dahl.

  • Steph // bookplaits
    2019-05-31 15:58

    In three words: endearing, funny, quick.“‘Oh, that Magic Finger!’ I cried. 'What has it done to my friends?’" I hunted for a Roald Dahl book to read for September (in anticipation of Roald Dahl Day on the author’s birthday, 13 September), and ended up finding The Magic Finger at home, tucked away on a rather neglected bookshelf. This book tells the tale of a little girl with a Magic Finger; when she gets angry, her Magic Finger flashes and the person (or people) her anger is directed at get punished. In this story, the people who get punished are her neighbours, the Greggs - they hunt animals, which the narrator doesn’t agree with at all. This book is incredibly short, so it’s a really fast read. Overall, it’s very enjoyable - it’s such a ridiculous and funny tale, and the moral of the story is great. Compared to what I remember of Dahl favourites like Matilda and George’s Marvellous Medicine though, The Magic Finger doesn’t have a lot of depth and it was over far too quickly for the story to have much impact on me.Recommended for: people looking for a quick-to-read and fun children’s tale with a good moral.~~~~~Review also posted here.

  • Kellie
    2019-06-04 09:55

    Simplistic:This book has an agenda which is anti-gun and anti-hunting. The affected family is taught a lesson by a young girl who cannot control either her temper or her "magic finger". I have seen many farm families in my life growing up in both rural England and rural America. None of these have taken pleasure in harming animals and have considered their lifestyle including hunting as a necessity in feeding their families.Deeper:Is it too simplistic to think that there is only one "lesson" to be learned? The unnamed girl seems to be taking pleasure in pointing her finger at others. You know what they say about pointing at someone else? There are three fingers pointing back at you!

  • Morgan
    2019-06-26 14:05

    Reread this because I actually forgot most of the book. I had this read to me in elementary school and all I remember was a girl with magic powers. I think I liked it better after a second read. I had forgotten she turned a family into ducks.

  • Roxana Truţa
    2019-06-22 07:39

    There is a specific moment from my childhood this book reminded me about. I was playing in my room with my two little cousins, who are 5 and 6 years younger than I am - and were at the time too, obviously -, and one of them was very violent towards a plastic deer I used to love. He kept removing that poor toy's ears, and my heart sank with each tug of his annoying little hands. Noticing I was probably on the verge of tears but silent (because I was the big cousin, therefore should always be protective of the urchins and not scream and throw fits, doh), my grandmother stepped into the picture and started petting the toy, saying something like "Oh boy, poor little deer, how it must suffer without its ears... Imagine that, huh, going through that pain...". And all of the sudden, both my cousins were transfixed. They put themselves in the toy's shoes. They just stopped "hurting" it and gently started petting it, feeling sorry for it and ashamed of their previous behaviour. I guess that was their first lesson in empathy, which this little story is also all about. Only Dahl, being Dahl, teaches kids by means of dark retaliation. Always funnier this way. :D

  • Shanaz Begum
    2019-06-21 13:39

    I got told by my little cousin to read this book who is in year 5. When I first looked at the book I wasn’t too keen to read the book but I was glad I did. I really like how Roald Dahl keeps the reader engaged into the book, because when the Girl uses her magic finger you want to what happens to them straight away. As a reader I wanted to quickly finish the page I was reading and go on to the next one so I can find out what’s next. At point I had to put the book down but I really didn’t want to. Being 22 years old, I never thought I would find this book interesting and enjoyable to read, even though its less than 60 pages. I like the way Roald Dahl writes, the sentences are short and quick. It easy enough for children to understand the story and at the same time it’s enjoyable for adults. It’s interesting how it’s written from the Girls point of view and written the way a child would write. Roald Dahl includes what he believes would be important to a child, like her friends, what happened in schools and what important to her. As always I love the illustration in the book by Quentin Blake.I would encourage children to read this book from year 3 onwards, but I would read this book to children as a class from year 1 onwards

  • Christina
    2019-06-13 11:38

    Great book for teaching empathy to children! Also, as a pescatarian, I appreciate the point that humans get to walk a mile in the shoes of a bird family. Very clever. I'd give it a 3 for my own personal enjoyment as an adult, but my 6.5 y/o said she thinks it's just as good as The BFG and Matilda. (Also, as a noteworthy side note, I am floored and curious about the fact that a man of his generation had heroines, as opposed to heroes, in all three of those books-Sophie, Matilda, and "the girl with the magic finger" whom he never gives a name, but identifies as an 8 y/o little girl.) Because it's meant to be a children's book, I am giving this book a 5 because it's my kid's rating that I think should matter and not mine. Plus, upon reflection, I realize I would've loved this book too as a kid. Another hit out of the ball park, Mr. Dahl! Such a talented and remarkably creative author!

  • Reg Mars
    2019-05-27 15:56

    This is a story about a girl who has a magic finger. Whenever she gets upset her finger begins to hurt and ends up casting a spell on the person who upset her. In this story it ends up being these brothers she's friends with and their dad. She ends up putting a spell on them and then things become fun.I have to say it was a very cute short story. I really enjoyed this one. I loved everything that happened after the spell was casted on her friends and their family. It was very silly but I thought it was a fun concept. If you're a fan of Roald Dahl I would recommend it. It's short and won't take you that long to read. It's very quick and is funny.

  • Niina
    2019-06-27 13:43

    Taikasormi kertoo tarinan tytöstä, jolla on kyky muuttaa asioita. Suuttuessaan hän taikoo viikset opettajalleen ja metsästystä harrastaville naapureille siivet. Dahlin opettavaisempiin teoksiin kuuluva nopealukuinen teos sopii 7+ vuotiaille ja se auttaa näkemään asioiden kaksi erilaista puolta. Taikasormi saa lukijansa haaveilemaan kyvystä muuttaa asioita paremmaksi - kyky, jota ainakin itse jäin kaipaamaan omistavani tähän maailman aikaan.

  • dianne
    2019-06-11 14:54

    i wish i wish i wish i had a magic finger (or fist?). Our protagonista doesn't categorize herself, but to me she is a powerful good witch. Hunting, for fun,* yuck -the thought is simply inter-species rudeness on a didn't-your-mother-teach-you-anything? level. Our heroine combines her supernatural gifts with fantastic logical consequences for adults - all in the name of one love. A lovely fable.*not for survival

  • Hana
    2019-06-25 15:05

    A pleasant reminder of my childhood when the library lady used read us such stories. I really wish we can revive this in our community ~ there's so much in a work of fiction that can turn a child's life all around!Dahl does indeed have a celebrated imgination!