The Magic Finger

The Magic Finger

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by Roald Dahl, Blake Quentin
     
 

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The Gregg family loves hunting, but their eight-year-old neighbor can't stand it. After countless pleas for them to stop are ignored, she has no other choice -- she has to put her magic finger on them. Now the Greggs are a family of birds, and like it or not, they're going to find out how it feels to be on the other end of the gun.

Overview

The Gregg family loves hunting, but their eight-year-old neighbor can't stand it. After countless pleas for them to stop are ignored, she has no other choice -- she has to put her magic finger on them. Now the Greggs are a family of birds, and like it or not, they're going to find out how it feels to be on the other end of the gun.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Told in the first person by the unnamed female protagonist, this short tale introduces us to the Greggs, who love to hunt. That is, until our heroine uses her magic finger on them and they learn from a duck's perspective what it means to be hunted. Simple, gray-tone drawings in this new edition advance the fantasy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141302294
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. His books continue to be bestsellers, despite his death in 1990, and total UK sales are 55 million worldwide! Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children's illustrators and it's impossible now to think of Roald Dahl's writings without imagining Quentin Blake's illustrations.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 13, 1916
Date of Death:
November 23, 1990
Place of Birth:
Llandaff, Wales, England
Place of Death:
Oxford, England

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The Magic Finger 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! I would rate it a million stars if I could. I just LOVED the plot and the extreme illustrations. I believe this is an awesome book. I read all the other Roald Dahl books, and this was a wonderful success! It was beautiful written. I recommend this book for everyone.
shane72 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend the Magic Finger to anybody because it is funny like a fairy tale. The Magic Finger turns a family into what they hunt. My favorite part is the ending--a good book has a good ending. Read the book to laugh and see what happens to the Gregory family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just the title alone, The Magic Finger, makes you want to read the book. This is the story about an eight year old girl who has friends that love to hunt animals. The girl tries her best to convince them not to hunt, but they laugh at her. This makes the girl angry, so angry she points her magic finger at them. Magical things start to happen. I enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone wishing to read a short, easy, fun story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book, but still...$7 for such a short book????????????
Amy_Page More than 1 year ago
Eleven is such a fantastic age. Unfortunately, most recommended reading material for today's eleven year old doesn't match up to the imagination and unbridled potential this age possesses. That is why Roald Dahl should be required reading for all eleven year olds. Even if his books were read previously, it is time to revisit them once again. The Magic Finger should be sitting on every bookshelf. It's importance may be easy to overlook. Afterall, it only requires a short amount of time to read it cover to cover, but there is no other tale that builds empathy quite so effectively.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Magic Finger is a very interesting book about a girl with a magic finger that does very weird things to people who kill animals. I liked that the Gregg/Egg family build the nest. I liked that they turned into birds. I liked that birds turned into people. The author wanted us to learn not to kill animals and to be careful that the magic finger won¿t turn you into a bird. --MK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would be great for 1st grade,2nd grade and 3rd grade students!!!!
4BLS More than 1 year ago
There is this book called the Magic Finger. In this story a girl that turns the Gregg family into birds and turn back to people. It is so weird!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading The Magic Finger I thought what a good imagination Roald Dahl has. So, because of that, I DEFINITELY recommend this book to pepole all around the world. And to Roald Dahl, I think you have a VERY good imagination. I am in 1st Grade and I definitely want to read more Roald Dahl books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book before it is amazing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I woul enjoy it mre though it were longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Magic Finer is a book about the Greggs who turned into birds because they shot birds. What I liked about the book was the details. For example, they made the nest. I like the part when the girl liked about how old William is. I would recommend the book for ages 7 and up. --RH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But it was bad
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Not. - tarrantules
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$7 for a 22 page book???? I am very disappointed with Nook. I can't wait for my Kindle for the holidays. This is the 2nd time this has happened too where I have gotten a book for my son for over $7 for a 10-20 page book. that is ridiculous. 
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