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The Magic Finger
     

The Magic Finger

3.9 36
by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
 

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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,

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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….

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:
9781101636312
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/30/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
16
Sales rank:
197,453
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

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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