The Magic Finger
To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it's just plain terrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them.
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 hers...more
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The girl does not understand this gift; she only knows that she has always possessed it. It is activated when she becomes...more
First published in 1966, my edition was published 2001.
Basically, "The Magic Finger" is a modern fairy tale with an anti-hunting refrain. As such, while the 6yo enjoyed it, it's probably more 8+ for comprehension without an adult supporting it. (As a very urban Aussie, hunting is not a normal nor regular activity for us. It moves the book into pure fiction for us.)
The story is mostly from first per...more
When I was a kid, I never thought of a book being a short story, novella, novel, etc.—a book was a book—but now that I’m an adult revisiting Roald Dahl, it’s clear how short The Magic Finger really is. The huge drawings from Pat Marriot also help speed things along (though it’s odd to me how many Dahl works I have where Quentin Blake—the staple I th...more
This girl possesses a magical power to punish people who make her but she is unable to control when she uses it, or what happens to the people she uses the magic finger on. Consequently this often gets her into a lot of trouble.
Although the Gregg family are her friends, she is angry and upset with the ducks hu...more
The Magic Finger touches on the sensitive issue of hunting in a humorous, but...more
As in most of Dahl's books there are a wonderful array of characters that always almost in...more
Книгата е много забавна, но е за деца. И под деца, разбирайте наистина такива, които тепърва поемат през дебрите на чудото литература. Все пак съм благодарна за подаръ...more
It's Roald Dahl Day today, and though I don't normally review children's books, I thought I would celebrate the writings of such a brilliant author by reviewing one of...more
The Magic Finger was a super quick read...in fact, I polished it off and put it back on the shelf at the library before my kids were ready to leave.
For a tale from 1966, I was impressed with Dahl's treatment of the issue of hunting. The story makes for a nice cautionary tale for children. However, I do take some issue with the fact that the b...more
The magic finger is a quick and devilishly dark read. The short tale effectively revolves around a girl who has a magical power that she names ‘The Magic Finger’. With this power she effectively curses people, who in her eyes, deserve to be taught a lesson, often with unexpected results....more
In this book, the girl discovers her special power when in a spelling test a teacher calls her stupid and makes her stand in the classroom corner. She points her finger at the teacher and she suddenly grows whiskers and a big bushy tail. Later on in th...more
From my perspective I had mixed feelings about it. As other reviewers have said it does come across as a bit preachier than Dahl's other books. The message is also something that I think doesn't fit in with our culture so well any more. I can't be certain, but assumption was the inent of the story was "Don't hunt for sport....more
In The Magic Finger, the narrator, the girl next door, has the power of her Magic Finger, that of which she uses to teach people lessons. Here, she turns it on her neighbors the Gregg family because their excessive pleasure hunting makes her see red. In the end, the Greggs do indeed learn their lesson....more
The Gregg family is simply obsessed with hunting. It seems that each time the eight-year-old protagonist spots her neighbors, they are hauling dead animals out from the woods. One day, the little girl has simply had enough--and accidentally curses them by pointing at them.
The Gregg family awakes the next morning to find themselves winged and tiny as birds, and being hunted...more
Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of...more