The Magic Finger Background

The Magic Finger Background

Narrated by an eight-year-old girl growing up in the United Kingdom, The Magic Finger (published in 1962) is no doubt one of famed author Roald Dahl's most interesting works, mainly because of the main question it poses readers: "What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?," as the book's publisher-approved synopsis asks. As it turns out, the answer isn't exactly clear. Her family (the hunters) still hunt and fend for their lives and ultimately, so does everyone else.

Although not as well-known as some of his other children's books, The Magic Finger continues to enjoy positive reviews to this day. Kirkus Reviews, for example, liked the book. In their review, they wrote that, although the story plays "straight," the book is "fun" and its characters are well-drawn and interesting and perhaps most importantly, entertaining.

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