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Magic Finger [Hardcover]

Roald Dahl
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars the magic finger June 17 2003
By A Customer
The girl in this book has a magic fingershe had it all her life. she uses it when she is angry to teach the people that she is angry at a lesson. If you want to find out what happens then you have to read this book.
I liked this book because it teaches you to be kind to animals.
I'd recommend this book to all that like magic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of thoughts about this little book... Feb. 14 2002
This book has a lot going for it, but I wouldn't recommend it for every child.
A very positive point for this book, is that it's written at about a second-grade level. Equivalent to the "Step 2" or "Level 2" books. It's actually got quite a story, but it's written easily enough for beginning readers to enjoy, which is really great and sometimes hard to find.
I thought the illustrations were wonderful and whimsical.
The story itself might be a little tough for an already extremely empathetic child to read. Since it depicts the feelings of ducks who are being hunted, this might be a sensitive issue for some. Introduce this book to the child of a hunting family, or even just a family of typical meat-eaters and you might find yourself with an angry little vegetarian on your hands! (Especially interesting, when contrasted against Dahl's "Danny, The Champion of the World" - a hunter's hero!)
My children enjoyed this story (and still eat their burgers), but I think for some children, it might raise some ethical problems. Which isn't always a bad thing, of course! But parents beware! This story might lead to a domestic revolt.
Of course, any family of vegetarians won't have a problem with this story at all. And, as another reviewer mentioned, this book can certainly offer some good "empathy" discussions with children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master Storyteller! June 22 2004
Roald Dahl knows how children think. He knows that children's fantasies are often playfully violent, and he taps into those fantasies to create this other world where anything can happen and usually does. Kids love his books, and this is a great place to jump into his weird world. Your kids will love it. Before long they'll be reading it to themselves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Book Feb. 9 2003
By A Customer
This is a story about a girl with magic powers and a family that hunts. I liked the illustrations because they were funny. I would have given it five stars if it was longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the magic bible (kind of) Dec 22 2002
By A Customer
Kids!!... Read this fun and easy book!!! It's about a little girl (she has no name). Her neighbors, the Greggs, love to go hunting. But she hates it. She tries to talk them out of it, but they just laugh at her. One day, the Greggs get too far and the little girl presses the Magic Finger on all of them. The next day......the Greggs all turn into.........?... Find out on your own!!...
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4.0 out of 5 stars a book about real magic Nov. 19 2002
By A Customer
...>Do you believe in magic? Well, if you read The Magic Finger you will! "The Magic Finger" is about a girl who has a finger that is magic. Whenever she gets mad she can't control her finger. It takes over her body and her finger points at whomever she is mad at. One day her neighbors, the Gregg family, where out hunting for birds, the girls tried to tell them that it is bad to kill birds. The Gregg family just laughed at her. Her magic finger takes over and something strange happens. If you want to know all of the Gregg problems, read the book yourself. Do you believe in magic now? Well, if you don't read the book. If you child has not read a chapter book this is a good beginning. Even if your child has read chapter books they should still read it. This book is a great book. I think all ages can read and enjoy this book...well maybe ages 4 and over. It's 63 pages long and has pictures on almost every page...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do you want a magic finger ? Nov. 4 2001
By Hathor
Although this story is short, but it is interesting and attractive enough.

This story is about a girl who felt angry with the Gregg family - who liked hunting very much. Once the family returned dome with a deer, the girl couldn't control her anger and put her Magic Finger on the family. The next morning, the Gregg family foung that they have wings instead of hands. They were chased away by a wild duck family which had human hands. The Gregg family surivied theirself by building nest, and found food theirself.

This book tells us hunting is not a good activity, if excess hunting, this could distroy the ecosystem and make the world become unbalance. So I think parents should read this book to their children and explain the meaning to them.

After read this book, I was wondering what would the world be like if I had a Magic Finger. I think I would turn those bad people into bugs so that they can't do bad things anymore. So do you want a magic finger ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A serious lesson, but with humor Oct. 10 2001
By D
This story is long enough to amuse an adult ,short enough to catch the attention span of 7-9 years old. Brilliantly written,it's about a nameless girl who hates hunting and succeeds in stopping her hunting-loving neighbors from ever shooting animals and birds again with the help of her magic finger which does very funny and strange things to anybody who crosses her. The story is short,so writing more details about it will only give it away spoiling the fun for first-time readers.One thing is for sure: kids and parents will enjoy reading this story together and there is a lesson to be learned by knowing how it feels to be in the other side's shoes.
Lamberd Beano
Third Grader
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