How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything - except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.
Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. His books continue to be bestsellers, despite his death in 1990, and total UK sales are 55 million worldwide! Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children's illustrators and it's impossible now to think of Roald Dahl's writings without imagining Quentin Blake's illustrations.
For close to the past month I have had the honour of my seven year old reading me Roald Dahl's 'The Twits'. Her teacher had read it to the class last year and as her reading as come along beautifully she said she was ready to conquer a chapter book. The chapters were only one - four pages long and a majority of the page was taken up by a picture. Considering the story line thankfully the pictures were not too graphic but they did give enough detail to let you know how gross the characters really were.
As I have never read the book before parts of it did come as quite a shock to me. The subject, although questionable at times, had its moments and my daughter had great fun trying to gross me out by the story. It is very clever and although I did not laugh out loud it was amusing in areas.
The book is very easy to read and my daughter only needed help in a couple of sections mainly with words that she had not heard before, which gave her great delight. She loved the story and on occasions would beg me to let her read just one more chapter as it was getting exciting or she knew something funny was about to happen.
I think this book would appeal to children of school age as it deals with weird characters who do some pretty mean things to each other. It will also make school aged children laugh and groan. It is also a good book you can discuss afterwards with your peers or the other parent. My husband was a tad upset that he missed out on hearing the story but my daughter had great delight in telling him all about it during dinner. Also as a bonus as it is so easy they could probably read by themselves by the age of eight.
We recently went to the library and for some strange reason, I really wanted to read The Twits to my daughters as although I couldn't remember the story line from when I was a little girl, I do remember it being funny and thoroughly entertaining! Roald Dahl did not disappoint in this timeless classic about The Twits, an awful couple that are meanest, smelliest, ugliest people imaginable and are always trying to trick each other.
Mr Twit has cheese and food stuck in his beard which he licks out and Mrs Twit has a glass eye that she likes to play practical jokes with! I read this aloud over 2 nights and had the whole family (husband included) in fits of giggles. There is a really nice message in the book that says that if you are a good and kind person on the inside, it will show on the outside, regardless of your physical appearance and that if you're a mean and ugly person on the inside, it doesn't matter what you look like, the ugliness will shine though - such a valuable lesson for my girls growing up!
The Twits is a humourous and entertaining read and demonstrates that being mean, spiteful and nasty will not get you anywhere in life! Goodness prevails in this highly recommended book, great for young and old kids!
When my daughter was in year 2 at school, she came home one day crazily talking a ,ile a minute about the twits. Feeling a little confused and over whelmed I listened quietly and when she had finished her commentary, I politely asked 'who are the twits', you would have thought I had asked the dumbest question ever going by the look both her father and her gave me lol
The Twits is a fantastic book by Roald Dahl, and her teacher was reading the class a few pages of the book every afternoon in class. My husband explained that The Twits are the meanest, smelliest, ugliest people imaginable. They do not like anything, except prancing each other. At this my daughter went off on another tangent, laughing and explaining the book to me some more.
I was delighted when a couple of days later she brought the book home from school, after checking it out of the school library. She wanted me to read it so I would know what she was talking about each day after school. Luckily for me I am a very fast reader and was able to read it all before she had to return it to school. As was expected it is a very well written book, with everything you would expect from Roald Dahl.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and liked that my daughter introduced me to it. The fact that she checked it out of the library without my asking, shows it is a book worth reading. Definitely one for a good wee chuckle if you have not read it yet :)
I don't think you will ever find such a great writer as Roald Dahl his books are truly amazing and have been enjoyed for generations. I remember reading his books when I was younger and now see my daughter and my nephews getting as much pleasure out of reading them as I did.
I loved the twits when I was younger, basically the twits are ugly people who do ugly things not just to other people but to each other too, they are negative about absolutely everything. I couldn't help but laugh at some of their antics and the cruel tricks they played on one another like sticking frogs in each others beds, and they have been so mean for so long that it has made them ugly.
In a weird way it teaches lessons on what not to do like you shouldn't be mean and negative and the whole karma thing but I enjoyed it more as a funny read. The end is pretty sad but the twits got out twitted in the end so you did not really feel sorry for them. The funny thing is that I haven't read this book in years yet I can still remember it as, as with a lot of Dahl books they truly do stick in your mind.
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