The Magic Finger

The Magic Finger


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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG comes the story of a young girl with an incredible power! 

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….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142413852
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/22/2009
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 35,529
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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.

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. 45 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
This book is a story is another masterpeice by rould dahl. It is about karma. This book is one of my favorites because i think that hunting is wrong. However, if u enjoy hunting, thiis is not the book for you.
Alexandra1600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Be careful what you wish for as ducks are turned into hunters and hunters into ducks, great first chapter book for kids.
be252000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Magic Finger was a bit on the boring side because it is meant for younger readers, but it was quite funny too.
SadieReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Magic Finger" is the short story of a girl with an amazing talent. When she gets mad and starts to see red, her Magic Finger takes over and changes the people who upset her. When she can't maker her neighbors change their ways about hunting, her Magic Finger changes the family, giving them wings instead of arms, and changes four ducks, giving them arms instead of wings. Soon, the Gregg family finds themselves having changed places with the ducks who are now hunting them! Will they see the error of their ways and change back?This story was pleasant enough. It was a quick read with many illustrations throughout. The fantasy element comes with the Magic Finger that transforms the Greggs into human birds. It allows for an interesting way to teach the lesson of the story, which is to consider the other person's perspective. Until they know what it's like to be hunted, the Greggs never considered how the animals they've killed feel.
mspioneer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl who discovers she has a magic finger. This little girl doesn't get along with her neighbor because the neighbor hurts animals. She uses her magic finger to get "revenge" on her neighbor.
bookworm12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young girl decides to teach her hunting neighbors a lesson. The hunters quickly find out what it feels like to become the prey.
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good story, that makes you see things from alternative perspective. However, I hate when it feels like I'm getting someone else's political message thrown at me in the form of a children's story and well this one sort of feels that way... to me anyway. Its a bit anti-hunting for my taste.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of the Gregg's...mostly of the male Gregg's, the father, his son's and their love of hunting. When their unnamed 8 year old neighbor gets fed up with asking them nicely to stop killing birds and deer, she does the only thing she can...she uses the Magic Finger on them. We learn exactly what result befell the teacher how dared tell her what a stupid little girl she thought our nameless girl was in front of the whole class...and now it's the Gregg's turn to find out what it means to get the Magic Finger...I bet it's a lesson they won't soon forget! This is a fairly short book, slim on the characterization...but with loads of quirks and twists that make for a good fun read! Just the right length that we could all enjoy it and the Magic Finger would also make a fine read aloud book (for reading over a couple of nights). I give it a B+, great fun for young readers with just the right amount of hilarity to go with the lesson being taught here.
kellyholmes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite Dahl story, but still very cute!
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not. - tarrantules
Anonymous More than 1 year ago