Quick Thoughts: “The Magic Finger”

“The Magic Finger” by Roald Dahl

Genre: Children’s fiction, Fantasy

Source: Gift

Summary from Goodreads:

To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it’s just plain terrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them.


This was a quick fun book to ease me into my Roald Dahl challenge. Not surprisingly, I have not heard of this book because I’ve only read Dahl’s more popular books.

The story has all of Dahl’s usual elements: mean adults (bonus: mean children!), a fantastical idea, his quirky voice, and a bit of a lesson. I’m not terribly thrilled with the message because not all hunters are bad but I appreciate the gesture he’s trying to make.

The story is super short (57 pages). I feel it would be better suited in a collection of short stories rather than a stand alone book. The language and story is a lot more childish and simplistic than I remember his other books being. I guess that’s a major plus if you have young(er) readers who want to read Dahl’s books.

Unrelated to the story: since my book was a part of a box set my book came with some bonus information about Dahl. There was a timeline, information about his family, facts, and that sort of thing. He seemed like a fun man! I hope all the books have information in them. I can’t wait to read Boy and Going Solo now!

Rating 3/5

Not my favorite book by him but it was still enjoyable!

This book was read as a part of my Roald Dahl challenge.

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