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The Twits

The Twits

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by Roald Dahl

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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, 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


From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, 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.

Editorial Reviews

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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Penguin Young Readers Group
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5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.29(d)
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Brief Biography

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

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The Twits 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 !!
momof3girlsPC More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
MissT4thGradeClass More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy cow this book is sooo funny! I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly funny and unrealistic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the funniest book I have ever read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a great book.I thought it was funny,and discusting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i could read it 1,0000000000 more times and still love it if you halve not reaad it i would recomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amzing book great for kids
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book is about 2 people who are very mean and play tricks on each other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you should read this book if you like funny and joeks you should read this
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good that my teacher decided to do a school play of the book! The book was amazingly funny! It was one of the best bokos I have ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for every young child who likes humor and foul play. As the Twits play pranks on each other they still don't understand what being nice is, but they learn their lesson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah... I lied. Really this IS the last one. 'Whoosh' res 4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best and I would recomend this book to a friend because if they wanted somthing short and funny to read I would say "Hay want to read the Twits on my nook?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. And Mrs Twit do just plain funny things. If you do not get discusted easily, I would say its fine. As long as you can stand, say, the idea of someone eating worms. I think the tricks are redicolous and at the end, I loved it. One of Roald Dahls shorter ones.
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