Also by this author: The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Published by Penguin on May 30th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fiction
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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….
Retro Friday Reviews are hosted by Angieville. Basically you review older and under-appreciated books on Fridays.
There’s something about reading Roald Dahl that fills me with joy and nostalgia. I always include a Dahl book in my reading pile for every Dewey 24 Hour Readathon because they are FUN, quick and put me in an ‘I love reading’ frame of mind which is essential for any reading marathon. For the April 2012 Readathon, I chose The Magic Finger which is among the more slim Dahl books I own.
The Gregg family is SUPER into hunting and they don’t just hunt to eat, but for sport as well. This is horrifying to the eight year old girl next door. She pleads and desperately tries to convince the Gregg family to change their ways. Of course, the Greggs ignore her which, FYI, pisses her off and well, BIG MISTAKE. You see, when her temper flares she can use her magic finger to transform things and so she transforms the Gregg family into birds, in hopes that they will learn their lesson.
The Magic Finger is not among my top favorite Roald Dahl books. However, it is still an enjoyable read with some teachable moments. I loved seeing the bird revenge and also seeing the Greggs get their just desserts. AND with the humor of an eight year old, I definitely laughed out loud at some bits.
If you’re looking to read Roald Dahl’s back list, you definitely can’t go wrong with The Magic Finger, but if you want to experience the magic of Dahl for the first time, I’d have to recommend Matilda, The BFG, or The Witches instead.
So, readers, friends what is YOUR favorite Dahl book or if you were meeting someone who has never read Dahl, what do you think they should start with?
Disclosure: Purchased copy.