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The Magic Finger Hardcover – 1 Sep 1968

4.6 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (Sept. 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0048230804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0048230805
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,464,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero (David Walliams) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Roald Dahl, the grand master of storytelling, tells you his tales in his own unique way. Listen as he relates the tale of the little girl whose tingling magic finger is one to beware – if she loses her temper.

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By A Customer on 12 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This amazingly,funny book put together with Quentin Blake's Hilarious illustrations is the most imganitive book ever!In first person,the girl of all magic and power,has a finger.Well of course she has a finger but not an ordinary finger,a finger of magic.She,the girl,turned poor Mrs Winter into a hairy pussy cat! But before long something dreadful happened she turned the Greg family into a family of... Well don't be so upset,you can read it yourself you know!
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By Jo on 13 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's Roald Dahl Day today, and though I don't normally review children's books, I thought I would celebrate the writings of such a brilliant author by reviewing one of his books I loved as a child.

I was never much of a reader when I was a child. I didn't like it, I found it boring. I only discovered my love for reading as a teen, but as you all know, reading is required while at school. So I read whatever I was given to read grudgingly - that is until I discovered Fantastic Mr Fox and The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. Those two books I could read over and over. I remember I even spent some of my free class play time listening to the audio book of The Magic Finger on the casette player. There was something just so wonderful about this story that kept me coming back again and again.

Now I've read it again as an adult, and the story of a family of hunters who grow wings after the little girl puts her magic finger upon them is just charming. It would be exciting and funny for the children, and the adults will enjoy seeing their children react to it. It's just such a great story!

I think it's brilliant how it's written. Right from the first page you can tell how brilliant Roald Dahl is at getting into a child's head; we find out the narrator is a girl, and the things she thinks are imporant for the reader to know; who her friends are, that they are boys and how old they are. A typical child introduction that is just perfect. What I also think is interesting is that we're never given the narrator's name. She's telling the story about what happened to the Gregg family, and though she played a part in it, it's not her story.

The language is simple enough for a child to understand, but yet still written in a way an adult can enjoy when reading with/to a child.
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Format: Audio CD
Once again a fabulous story from Roald Dahl. Both my children , 4 and 2 1/2 love this story . Really great and exciting read for adults and children alike.
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A Kid's Review on 29 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is what class Green 2 have to say about the book:

Mateusz: Amazing story which you can read to your parents at their bedtime!
Kion: This book is great. It's so extraordinary it's unbelievable.
Zahiya: My favourite part is when the teacher got some whiskers.
Aliyah: I wish I had a goldfish.
Aliyah again, actually a different Aliyah, the one that wears glasses: I like it when erm the girl put the finger on Mrs Winter.
Nisha: very shy but lovely girl; she's having a think about it!
Hanzalah: You know when the Miss Winter had whiskers and a bushy tail.
Summer: I wish it was: I wish had a bushy tail.
Miss Horsefall: A wonderful read for both old and young! Woohoo, that's a posh sentence!
Mrs Khela: I am sure once you have read this, you will want a magic finger of your very own; unfortunately not sold by Amazon, otherwise I would be first in the queue to buy it.
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The magic finger - by Roald Dahl - a Review by Laura Williams aged 6 (very nearly7)

What is the book about?
A little girl who had a magic finger she turned her teacher in to a ratty mouse and her next door neighbours into animals too.

Who are the characters?
Mr and Mrs Gregg
William Gregg
Philip Gregg and a little girl next door.

Where is it set?
In a pretty house.

What is good about it?
That the magic finger only does some magic on some mean people. It is a funny story which made me laugh. It had a happy ending.

What is your favourite part?
When she tells the story of when she turned her teacher into a mouse.

Would you recommend this book?
Yes I would recommend it because lots of little boys and girls who like magic might want to read it.
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I loved Roald Dahl when I was a child and thoroughly enjoyed reading this to my younger siblings. As always with Dahl it is wacky and weird with some dark bits thrown in for the adults; making children of all ages laugh out loud. In true Dahl fashion it is wickedly comical with some life lessons thrown in for good measure. This is not considered to be one of Dahl's best, but I cannot wait to read it aloud to my own children.
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A book about a girl who has a magic finger which becomes rather active when she gets cross and points it at something or someone. In this book it happens on two occasions - once at her teacher and the other at her neighbours the Greggs which results in unintended consequences!
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This review is by my 6 years old daughter :

my name is Ghazal and I found this book very nice to read and it was so nice . I could not leave my eyes out of the laptob till I finished it . I recommend everyone in the whole wild world to read it before they turn seven . I enjoyed all of the illustrations and drawings in the book .
I actually loved the shooting bit .
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