The Magic Finger

The Magic Finger

by Roald Dahl

illustrator Quentin Blake

London: Puffin, 1964

63 pp.

Age: 4 +

Interests: animal welfare, birds, magic

Also by this author: James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, Charley and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and many, many more

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The Princess and the Frog (2009)

The Princess and the Frog

Rated: G

Length:  97 min.

Age: 5 +                 Commonsense Media sez:  6 +

Scary Factor: villain Dr. Facilier calls upon evil spirits for help several times; three frog-hunters in the swamp shoot guns and whack each other around quite violently; shadow demons chase Prince Naveen; several close calls with alligators and other creatures in the swamp; death of a ‘good guy’ main character near the end is rather shocking and very sad; death of Facilier as demons drag him down into hell (presumably)

Intense: death of a main character is very upsetting, his funeral is shown with grieving friends, although in the end it is rather uplifting

Bad Behavior: some drinking in restaurants and parties, plus one brief gag re. a drunk at the masquerade ball

Language: “hell”, “crap”, insults (“stupid”)

Interests: frogs, swamps, New Orleans, jazz, magic, princesses

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