The Magic Finger
Author Roald Dahl
Illustrator William Pene du Bois
Pat Marriott
Tony Ross
Quentin Blake
Original Publication date 1 June 1966
Publication Order
Preceded by
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
Followed by
Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970)

The Magic Finger is a children's story published by Roald Dahl in 1966. Different editions were illustrated by William Pene du Bois, Tony Ross, and Quentin Blake.


Living next door to the Greggs, a family that hunts ducks for fun, is an eight-year-old girl called mimi, so the Greggs gave a Present to mimi - a Fake magic finger costume and puts Magic Finger on her Finger, which she uses to shrink the Greggs and give them bird's wings. Furthermore, while the Greggs have to endure this challenge, their house is taken over by four human-size ducks with arms. The ducks take guns and threaten to shoot the Greggs, wanting revenge on them for hunting their children only the day before. The Greggs promise not to hunt any more and are turned back. The next day, mimi goes to their house and finds the family smashing their guns and setting up graves for the birds that they killed. Not only that, but the Greggs have changed their name to Egg in honor of their feathered friends. mimi hears a gun fire as a neighbouring family, the Coopers, start shooting. Running in that direction, she shouts back to the Greggs/Eggs that Mr. Cooper and his family will be nesting in the trees that night