The Magic Finger

by Roald Dahl.

The Magic Finger is a story about the Gregg family and the narrator, a 10 year old girl with a magic finger. Her magic is activated when she gets angry and sees red. And the person at whom she is angry with, is the target of the Magic Finger. Despite being friends with the Gregg children, Philip and William, she doesn’t like the fact that they go hunting with their dad. And finally, sees red. Resulting in the Greggs all turning into birds themselves and seeing what it is actually like to be a bird and a target.

It’s a delightful story for children teaching them the importance of kindness and empathy. Being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is a hard thing to do especially as a child. And this book teaches it beautifully through the use of humour and magic. I have never read a book by Roald Dahl although I have heard a lot about him and watched a couple of movies based on his books. However, now, in my late twenties, I feel the urge to read these childhood books and revisit the feelings I had when reading Enid Blyton as a kid. And I must say, I found myself smiling through this one. If you have children, do consider giving them this book to read. I know that I now have the entire set to read first myself, and then save it for if and when I do have children.

I rate it a 4.

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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