Friday, October 7, 2016

Celebrating 100 Years of Roald Dahl - THE MAGIC FINGER Review and Giveaway

When I was in third grade, my elementary school librarian read THE TWITS to our class. I can't believe how vividly I remember that from SO MANY years ago. Soon after I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. And it wasn't until 2013 that I picked up one of Dahl's books. I reread THE TWITS and made it a goal to read more of his books. So I am excited to participate in this celebration of his birthday and 100 years of Roald Dahl. 

by Roald Dahl
Publication Date: February 11, 2016 (first published 1966)
Published by Penguin/Puffin
Pages: 80
Source: Publisher / Irish Banana Tours
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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….

My Thoughts

THE MAGIC FINGER is a fun and silly story about a little girl who, when she gets angry, can make magical things happen.

"I can't even tell you how I do it, because I don't even know myself.
But it always happens when I get cross, when I see red . . .

Then I get very, very hot all over . . .

Then the tip of the first finger of my right hand begins to tingle most terribly . . .

And suddenly a sort of flash comes out of me, a quick flash, like something electric." (pg. 14)

The story is on the edge of ridiculous, but that is was makes it so hilarious. The artwork enhances the story and we get to see the Greggs family surviving the day as birds and the birds take on human characteristics and take over the home. Too fun! 

Just imagine the mayhem we could cause if we had a magic finger.

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.

Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film.  Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans. 

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

You can find a link to all of the top stops at THE IRISH BANANA REVIEW.


1 winner can pick 5 books from the Roald Dahl collection! US Only.

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