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The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

The Magic Finger (1964)

by Roald Dahl

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The girl lives on a farm next to the Gregg farm. Mr. and Mrs. Gregg have two boys, Phillip and William. The Gregg family likes to spend their spare time hunting ducks and deer. The girl does not like them hunting. So she puts the magic finger on them.
I think people should read this book because it is a funny children's book. It takes you away to a land where crazy things can happen. It gives you a break from the seriousness of the world. That is why I think people should read this book.
  Olivia.m2016 | May 12, 2017 |
A story about a girl who takes vengeance with her magic powers. Quite obviously the inspiration for Stephen King's Carrie. ( )
  Lukerik | Feb 11, 2017 |
This book was very descriptive which helped with details in the story and understanding what was going on. It had a really good message even though it was very imaginative. This imagination helped because it was funny at times and would keep students entertained but does end well. I like how it gave different perspectives throughout the story. ( )
  Oliviacap | Nov 20, 2016 |
The Greggs think hunting is fun and do it daily. The little girl next door thinks it is terrible and tries to talk them into stopping. One day the Greggs bring home their catch and the little girls gets so angry that her Magic Finger takes over and the Greggs find life has drastically changed.

Told from the little girl's viewpoint, it is an entertaining story. A short read of 63 pages I finished it in probably an hour or less.

I am coming to realize that there are some serious adult themes that can be found in his childrens' stories. In this one I think it is the senselessness of harming others for no other reason than your own enjoyment. When the Greggs find themselves in the position of the prey they hunt and the prey are now in the Greggs' position the world is upside down and there is a huge lesson to be learned.

Told under the guise of a children's tale with fantastic and magical bits, it seems to slide in and register after you have read the tale. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Nov 9, 2016 |
The story of The Magic Finger begins with a little girl playing with her two friends, the Gregg brothers. These two little boys share a singular passion with their father: hunting. Despite the little girls repeated pleas for them to stop this beastly sport, they decide to go ahead with their plan to go duck hunting. The little girl is made so angry by this that she unleashes the power of her Magic Finger and the results are truly horrifying. Let's just say that they shouldn't have dismissed her advice as being for the birds. ( )
  AliceaP | Aug 16, 2016 |
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Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionscalculated
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Du Bois, William PèneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 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….

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Angered by a neighboring family's sport hunting, an eight-year-old girl turns her magic finger on them.

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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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