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The Twits Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2004
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In The Twits we see the daily lives of the two most horrible, dirty, ugly, and mean people in town. They are a married couple who do anything and everything to hurt and annoy one another, and when not bothering one another, torture a family of monkeys by training them to be a circus act. Their favorite food is bird pie, which they make by catching birds in trees by using paste on the branches. PLOT SPOILER: The monkeys turn the tables and defeat their owners who, by being pasted to the floor upside-down, collapse into themselves until they disappear forever.
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The story is simple - and the titular characters, Mr and Mrs Twit, are both monstrously horrible and play nasty practical jokes on each other that get increasingly mean and dangerous. The language is great for reading aloud, and the descriptions delightfully vivid. For a story this short, there is a colourful cast of characters, and they emerge later in the story. I like how Dahl establishes the two leads firmly in our minds before introducing us to the others. The chief of these are the Muggle-Wumps, the Twits’ family of pet monkeys from their days as circus trainers. I would love to read their backstory!
In fact, I think the brilliance of Dahl’s writing is how it manages to present all these characters, even the walk-on ones like the postman, and the unfortunate boys who almost get baked in a pie, fully formed, and how it gets the reader wondering about their backstories.
for his enquiring mind. Wasn't too sure at first if my boy was a bit young for the gruesome tricks at the beginning, since he had a bad dream about snails following the worm spaghetti incident. However, the story takes a heroic turn. My little boy loved the Roly Poly Bird and I'm glad to see he stars in 'the enormous crocodile' too. I have no doubt that it will spark his imagination, and contribute to his growing addiction and excitement for books
My eight year old loves books that are funny and a little mischievous. This book was perfect for him as how he laughed at Mr and Mrs Twits silly plans.
The book itself has that play-fullness that you find in most Roald Dahl books with animals talking and cheeky back talking.
We thoroughly enjoyed reading this story together and enjoyed laughing at the pictures too.
Innocent but naughty humour. Enjoy it now with your child!