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

A very slight volume and a good introduction into the sharp and twisted world of Roald Dahl!

A little girl is upset that the two boys next door and their father love to hunt. She does her best to talk them out of it, but they just make fun of her and won’t listen. Unfortunately for them, she has a Magic Finger, which she points at them, resulting in a strange transformation. The whole family of four shrinks and grow wings, and are turfed out of their home by four ducks grown to human size. After a cold night in a nest they find themselves surrounded by the ducks with shotguns. Promising never to hunt again, the family is turned back into themselves. They jubilantly destroy their guns and devote themselves to feeding the birds.

Obviously a strenuous animal welfare tract, but presented with great humour and with a child’s sense of justice. The details of the change of circumstance are very funny. And I particularly like that the girl’s magic finger is never explained. She just has it, and that’s all.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rohit Nanda
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 07:50:11

    Must be an enjoyable read The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by “to read” list.


  2. Kim
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 03:38:19

    Thanks Rohit! It’s a funny book, hope you enjoy it.


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