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Mr. and Mrs. Twit hate almost everything, including their trained monkeys, the Muggle -Wumps. But now the Muggle-Wumps want revenge. Roald Dahl is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, and his books have been children’s favorites for generations. Puffin is proud to offer a strong new look for nine of our classic Roald Dahl titles. The distinctive cover treatment, with new art by Quentin Blake, will make these books easily recognizable. In addition, Quentin Blake’s funny, quirky illustrations now ...
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Quentin Blake (Illustrator) New York, NY 1998 Soft Cover Reissue New in None as Issued jacket BRAND NEW COPY showing faint margine discoloration & trace edge wear to softcover. ... A humorous tale of the fate of the very cruel and mean Mr. and Mrs. Twits, first published 1980. British novelist, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was celebrated for stories for children. Besides abusing eachother the Twits, hating everything, delighted in catching birds for Bird Pie and making their cage monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, incessantly stand on their heads! Fed up, the Muggle-Wumps with the help of Roly-Poly Bird teach the Twits a lesson. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Mr. and Mrs. Twit hate almost everything, including their trained monkeys, the Muggle -Wumps. But now the Muggle-Wumps want revenge. Roald Dahl is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, and his books have been children’s favorites for generations. Puffin is proud to offer a strong new look for nine of our classic Roald Dahl titles. The distinctive cover treatment, with new art by Quentin Blake, will make these books easily recognizable. In addition, Quentin Blake’s funny, quirky illustrations now appear in all of the books. So turn the page and you’ll be sure to have a Dahl-ectable summer!

The misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys.

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Karla Kuskin
Mr. Dahl has written a few wonderfully funny and imaginative books. ''The Twits'' is not one of them. The movement of the plot is capricious. And the humor dwells on rather elementary physical jokes, only a few of which are funny. Basically this reads like a story reeled out at bedtime by a talented but distracted uncle who wants to pack the children off quickly. It needs pruning, paring, sharpening and some bolting down in order to go public and add luster to the already lustrous, and funny, name of Roald Dahl. -- New York Times
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
The Twits-what a very unpleasant couple! Mr. and Mrs. Twit have nothing good to say about each other or anyone else. And we all know what happens when you are horrible to everyone -you begin to look as horrible as you are. Dahl has spared us nothing in his description of the couples' looks, smells, and actions. And Blake matches him with wonderfully nasty illustrations. To give just one exaample of Twit-like behavior, once Mr. Twit painted the branches of his big dead tree with horrible sticky stuff in order to catch birds for his dinner. When four little boys climbed the tree, they got stuck by the seats of their pants! Fortunately they realized they could escape, but they had to go home "with their bare bottoms winking at the sun." The Twits used to be monkey trainers, and a family of monkeys named Mugglewumps still lives in their garden. Now the Mugglewumps have decided to rebel. Monkeyshines and highjinks ensue, and the Twits get their just reward. Fun to read. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141301075
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl is considered one of the most beloved writers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including The Witches and Matilda, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Simon Callow has appeared widely on stage, television and in films, including the highly successful Four Weddings and a Funeral. He has directed drama, musicals and comedy, and has written several books on actors and acting.

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

Good To Know

When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

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    The Twits rock!

    I read a book called The Twits. The Twits are mean and cruel. But even though The Twits are mean and cruel and disgusting the book is great. Mr. and Mrs. Twit like to play jokes each other too. I think that the book called The Twits is a great book for kids that like people who play jokes on friend s or family. The Twits is a great book for people who like Ronald Dahl books because The Twits is one of them. The jokes that they play on each other are not funny tricks but mean tricks but some of the tricks can be a little bit funny but it's still mean. If you want to know some tricks that are mean then you should read the book called The Twits.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Entertaining

    If you like to read short, funny, entertaining stories that do not get too involved with 'mechanics,' then you will like this book. It's a little gruesome but very funny.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2005

    A hillarious book !

    the book was great when I read it. it was very hilarious and made me laugh a lot. this book is still awesome to read !!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Engaging Book

    My daughter has dyslexia and this book was chosen for her by her reading teacher.
    She is in fourth grade, but reads at a 3rd grade level. It totally drew her in and held her interest with Dahl's gross and mean characters, mr. & mrs. Twit.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    A must read!

    Do you like to read about pranks or monkeys? If you do then I recommend you read this book. There are two people called Mr. and Mrs. Twit. These two are mean, nasty and gruesome. These people play nasty tricks on each other. But now they¿re going to get a taste of their own medicine by a couple of monkeys. The characters will be Mr. and Mrs. Twit, some monkeys and others. I would rate this book by giving it 5 stars. I would recommend it for a group of boys because it¿s exciting, funny and a little gross. You should read this book if you¿re a prankster or if you want to laugh a little. However you might get grossed-out.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    The twits

    Amazingly funny and unrealistic

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Hahaha

    Holy cow this book is sooo funny! I loved it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    The Twits

    The book I read was The Twits. The part I liked was when they played funny jokes on each other until they both got the shrinks. I think others will like this book because it is funny and interesting, and because it talks about them and about animals.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Great book

    I surprisingly first read the book my 9th grade year. I don't know why I didn't read it sooner. This book is so hilarious especially when Mr. and Mrs. Twitt plotted revenge against each other. All and all this book is a great comedy. I would recommend this book to anybody. I would never regret reading this book. This book is just amazing to read. Everybody should read this book because it's just great and amazing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2003

    my favorite children's book

    I remember reading this book over and over as achild.I continuasly checked this book out of the library until I had enough money to buy it myself.It is a book that is just plain silly!The tricks that the two old people play on each other keep you rolling and waiting to see what is next to come.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Amazing

    Amzing book great for kids

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    I first laid eyes on this book when I was a young girl. I had be

    I first laid eyes on this book when I was a young girl. I had been one of the last children to choose a book from the table of free books we were being given at school. Nothing left was what I wanted, so I just grabbed one, this one, and I have not forgotten that day ever since! What I thought was "trash" became my treasure and to this day I still reccommend this book to EVERYONE!! It is unique and funny. It doesn't get much better than Roald Dahl, or more specifically, The Twits!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2009

    The Twits Is Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is the funniest book I have ever read!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    Twits

    It is a great book.I thought it was funny,and discusting

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2003

    These books are totally awsome!!!!!

    i had just finish this book and it is wonderful.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Worst!

    It's discusting how bad it is!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Awsome book

    There is Mrs.Twit and Mr.Twit. They are nasty discusting people. For the rest of the book it tells about their daily lives.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    A funny book

    the book is about 2 people who are very mean and play tricks on each other.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    very good book!!!!!!!!

    you should read this book if you like funny and joeks you should read this

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    This book was realy great

    This is a book called The Twits. This is also a book about two old people that are mean and are named Mr.Twit and Mrs.Twit. They have some monkeys named the Mugle Wumps and they make them do everything upside-down! The Mugle Wumps want revenge. You won't find anything else until you read it yourself. this was a very good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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