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The Twits Paperback – June 1, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

In Dahl's typically outre outing, the repulsive, misanthropic Mr. and Mrs. Twit become the target of revenge by the Mugglewump monkeys--who have finally had enough. Ages 7-11.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-Actor Simon Callow tackles one of Roald Dahl's most gruesome stories (Puffin, pap. 1998) with relish in this gleefully naughty audiobook. Mr. and Mrs. Twit are two of the most disgusting, nasty, and horrid characters in children's literature, from their repulsive looks (the story opens with a long, detailed description of Mr. Twit's unkempt beard) to the mean and horrible tricks they play on one another (Mrs. Twit enjoys hiding her glass eyeball in unexpected places and lacing the spaghetti with worms; Mr. Twit works for weeks to convince his wife that she has "The Shrinks"). Callow captures the dry humor of Dahl's narrative voice perfectly, and creates appropriately nasty voices for Mr. and Mrs. Twit as well. Unfortunately, the thick accents and loud tones of these voices often mean that the dialogue is difficult to understand. Still, Callow's able narration brings Dahl's ironic sensibilities to life, and a sense of satisfaction is inevitable when the terrible Twits come to an appropriately gruesome end.
Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbus
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141301074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141301075
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Hi, I'm a ten year old girl who has read the book The Twits, by Roald Dahl. It's disgusting in a way, exciting, and funny. The BFG was as good as The Twits, but it wasn't disgusting. The Twits are people that have three monkeys. They hate children. They make bird pie. Mrs. Twit has a glass eye. Mr. Twit has food in his beard which was very long. I would recommend this book to people that like funny, exciting, and disgusting books.
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A Kid's Review on November 28, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
The Twits is a book by Roald Dahl. The Twits are husband and wife and although they are very funny, they are not too bright! Mr. Twit has a long, shaggy beard that has bits of rotten fish, apple, stale bread, etc. stuck in it. Mrs. Twit used to be very pretty when she was young, but she kept having frightening throughts and ended up as an ugly old hag! The Twits love to play mean tricks on each other. For example, one day Mr. Twit is enjoying a big, bubbly beer when Mrs. Twit pops out her glass eyeball and plops it into his mug. After spying the eyeball floating in his beer, Mr. Twit flees the scene leaving the mug and eye behind. She enjoys a good laugh. To get back at her, Mr. Twit puts a frog in her bed. Throughout the book they quarrel constantly, not with words, but by playing mean tricks on one another. My favorite trick was when Mr. Twit attached thin pieces of wood to the bottom of her cane and chair. Over time she thought she was shrinking. He (and I) had a good laugh. I enjoy reading books by Roald Dahl, and this one is among my favorites. In conclusion, I'll just tell you that the Twits end up with a "small" problem. If you read this book, you'll know what I mean by "small."
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Format: Paperback
In one of those strange coincidences of life, I happened to be reading recently about the upcoming movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and noticed that it was based on a story by Roald Dahl. This was of course after I read everything the article said about Johnny Depp, but I digress.

Shortly after that, I picked up a copy of the movie "James and the Giant Peach" - also from a book by the same author.

The final piece fell into place when I attended a book sale, and came across a table of books in the children's section, and lo and behold, there was a selection of books by Roald Dahl, all in readable print with the cute little "Puffin" logo on them.

Needless to say, the cashier thinks I have a lot of kids who like to read, as I didn't exactly let on that I was buying this huge pile of children's books for myself.

This book is a lightning-quick read, even for a child, and it's full of gross hygiene deficiencies, practical jokes and mischievous monkeys. Mr. Twit has the nastiest, ugliest beard known to mankind, the only thing nastier and uglier being Mrs. Twit with her glass eye. They take pleasure in playing horrible practical jokes on each other, being unpleasant to their four pet monkeys, and catching birds to make bird pie.

Of course, nasty people cannot be expected to come to a good end, and the monkeys craftily strategize to turn the tables on the horrible couple.

The underlying moral here is that no matter what you look like physically, if you have good thoughts, they will shine right through and make you a beautiful person, and of course the opposite also unfortunately applies.

Be nice to someone today and let the sunlight stream from your face.

Amanda Richards, February 17, 2005
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Format: Hardcover
I love Roald Dahl, but this just isn't one of his best. Mr. & Mrs. Twit, the main character's are not very nice, and when they perform cruel practical jokes on each other you really don't have much sympathy for either one since you aren't meant to really like them. Some of the jokes are classics however, such as making the wife's cane a little longer each night, and her chair a little taller each day so that she thinks she is shrinking. I've seen several television shows do take offs on this joke over the years to try to get someone to believe they were shrinking, or doing it in reverse so that they believe they are getting taller. The Twit's also own a family of monkeys they obtained while working in the circus, and the father monkey's name is Muggle-Wump. ((This book was written in 1980 and I'm curious if J.K. Rowlings (the writer of "Harry Potter") got her name for humans "muggles" from reading this book.)) Muggle-Wump is a smart monkey, and with the help of his family and of some birds, lead by an African Bird named the Roly-Poly Bird, they get revenge on the Twits for the cruel treatment they have been given, and turn the Twit's world upside down.
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A Kid's Review on February 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Have you ever meet a mean and ugly person? If you didn't then read The Twits because I will know that you will like it because I liked it a lot too. It is a very interesting book. It is about Mr. and Mrs. Twit playing jokes on each other but when they where young they where pretty and cool, but now they are ugly and really mean. They also have a family of monkeys in their lawn. Their rooms are really messy and ugly. Once you read the book of The Twits you will know more about them because I am not going to tell you what will happen in the story. The author of the book is Roald Dahl and the grade is 4.4 and it has 81 pages.
Mr. Twit is tall, really hairy, mean and ugly, and he whines a lot. Mrs. Twit is tall, has spiky teeth, mean and angry, and she likes to fight a lot like she hates people. When they where really young people they looked good and didn't look really ugly like how they are now. Now they look horrible and horrifying people. When the twit wanted to be in a circus they wanted to show the monkeys juggling and sitting upside down So that's when Mr. Twit got the monkeys and trained them at there house. The monkey gets tired and hungry because the Twits make them suffer a lot. When the birds fly to the trees they get stuck because the Twits put really really hard and strong glue. When the birds get stuck then the twits got them and cook them in the pie and eat them. They would make the monkeys sit upside down because Mr. Twit wanted to be a circus person and he didn't so he does it in his house. What will the monkeys do to the Twits for making them suffer?
My favorite character in the story is the monkeys.
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