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The Twits [Paperback]

Roald Dahl
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May 29 1998

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!

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Twits Review Nov. 5 2003
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The Twits, by Roald Dahl, published by Puffin Novels.
This book is a great fiction book for kids .This book is about an old nasty woman and her greasy husband.They are the meanest people you will ever meet.Also kids are forbidden to go there because if they do I don't think they'll survive. So a boy goes to investigate the Twits house.
The main charters in this book are Mrs. Twit and Mr. Twit. They are the old people in this book. Mrs. Twit is a really old, mean,and nasty , witch, with a glass eye, that quivers all the time. Mr. Twit, is a greasy old man who has a temper problem and when he eats, all the food, and his drink dribbles down his beard and gets stuck there, and it gets all hard and crusty. Oh ya! Get this! He never shaves it or combs it. Do you actually think any couple could survive like that?P> I think this book The Twits is a really good book for people who like twisted tales and stories. I think that if you read it you would love it and want to read it again and again. I would especially recommend this book for children from 7-8 years old because, I don't think that anyone under seven would really understand what the book is telling you. Again I really encourage people to read it because it is a really fun book to read, and tell other people to read it. I think they'll like it too. Go to your local library, or book store, and get this book The Twits, by Roald Dahl and get lost in this wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aaron Halls book review June 8 2003
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What a lot of hairy-faced men there are nowdays. Mr.Twit is one of them. This book is pretty much about two people that play tricks on each other. It is so funny you`ll fall out of your seat. There is one problem, see the Twit's eat bird pie every Wednesday. Mr.Twit goes outdoors and puts the stickiest glue in the world on the big dead tree. When the birds land on the tree they stick there until Mr. Twit gets them to eat. The rolly-Polly bird and Mugglewump(a monkey)are smart. They see what Mr. Twit does so they tell the birds. The birds play a trick on Mr. Twit. What they do is they move to different places. The twits get so mad, they go out and buy a gun, but when the Twits are gone the birds get revenge. Here is a part that I know you will love. They get Mr. Twits glue and take everything from the floor and stick them on the ceiling. When the Twits get home, they are so confused. Mr. Twits tells Mrs Twit to stand on her head. It doesn't work, their heads shrink into their neck, their neck shrinks into their shoulders and so on. It is perfect for all ages. I gave it 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars *A Hillarious Book* Nov. 13 2002
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Format:Audio Cassette
If you have not read the book called The Twits, by Roald Dahl, you might want to read it some time. It's a book about two people that are very grumpy and very ugly. Most books don't actually make you laugh out loud, but this one will. There are several reasons why I like this book the best. One reason is how the Twits are always pulling pranks on each other. One of the pranks is when Mr. Twit tells Mrs. Twit she has got the shrinks. The shrinks are when you get shorter and shorter until you disappear. Mr. Twit makes Mrs. Twit believe she has really got the shrinks by cutting the wood off the bottom of her chair legs. After Mr. Twit cuts the wood of of her chair he adds it onto her cane she walks with to make it look taller than her. Mrs. Twit doesn't know that pretty soon she will disappear, until Mr. Twit tells her. Then Mrs. Twit starts to worry. Mrs. Twit finally figures out that Mr. Twit is trying to get her back for the prank Mrs. Twit pulled on him by putting worms in his spaghetti. Another thing I think is funny about this book is when Mr. Twit puts super sticky glue on the big dead tree in his back yard that all the birds sit on. Mr. Twit puts glue on the tree so that he can catch birds for bird pie. Mr. Twit doesn't care what kind of bird it is as long as he gets his bird pie for dessert. One day, Mr. Twits monkeys try to tell the birds that there is glue on the tree and they need to land somewhere else but the birds can't understand monkey language. That night Mr. Twit got his bird pie for dessert. The next day a pretty bird called the Roly-Poly Bird came and was about to land on the tree until the monkeys yelled "Don't land on the tree there is super sticky glue on it." So the bird went over to the cage. The Roly-Poly Bird could understand monkey language. Read more ›
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Amanda Dooly
The Twits
If you want a crazy and exciting book to read that will make you howl with laughter, The Twits by Roald Dahl, will be the perfect choice. Mr. and Mrs. Twit live in an old barn house without windows. Mr. Twit's pets are a family of monkeys. In the beginning, I like how the Twits think up foolish ways to be cruel to each other. For example, Mrs. Twit decides to put worms in Mr. Twit's spaghetti one night. Mr. Twit eats all of his spaghetti not knowing that it has worms in it. After he finishes his dinner, Mrs. Twit tells him that he has eaten a plate full of worms. To get revenge, Mr. Twit makes his wife's walking cane longer than she is, so it looks like she is getting the "shrinks". The "shrinks" happen when someone gets shorter, and soon disappears altogether. Another example of cruelty is when Mr. Twit ties balloons around his wife's head and neck, and ties a rope around her ankles. The rope is connected to a stake in the ground. He snips the rope from the stake, and lets her go flying up into the sky. He finally thinks that he has gotten rid of her.
A second reason I like this book is because of what Mr. Twit's monkeys do to make the Twits' lives miserable. One example is when the monkeys try to shoo away the birds from the Twits' house. Mr. and Mrs. Twit love Bird Pie! They put sticky glue on the tree in their yard. When the birds perch on the tree, they stick, and can't go anywhere. The Twits soon collect the trapped birds and cook them for supper. When the monkeys scare the birds, the Twits have no Bird Pie. Another example of how the monkeys make the Twits' lives miserable is when they and their friend, the Roly-Poly Bird, work together. The Roly-Poly Bird and the monkeys shoo away the other birds from the sticky, glued trees. Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
One of my favourite Dahl books, and definitely one I will share with my daughter when she's older. The exploits of the Twits are horrible, but very entertaining!
Published 3 months ago by Julie Cluff
3.0 out of 5 stars Twits
It is amusing but not really Dahl's best.

This one will gather dust on my shelf for a long time.
Published 19 months ago by dpollo
3.0 out of 5 stars A good lesson about nasty people
The Twits by Roald Dahl is a very short novel that can be read in less than one hour. Children will enjoy The Twits much more than adults would because of the descriptions and the... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2008 by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and funny
I am a seven year old boy and I read this book on my own. I thought it was a really great story to read because it was not too easy but it was a great read. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars this book is great
This book i enjoyed very much. I loved how it was really funny, and every chapter made me laugh. It was a easy to read book and it was really imaginative. Read more
Published on June 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twits Book Review
The Twits are the ugliest and evilest people in the whole entire world. They have caged monkeys at their house. The monkeys want to be free to return to Africa. Read more
Published on June 9 2004
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When I read the book called The Twits I thought it was very interesting. It was very extraordinary and exciting. Read more
Published on May 28 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The Twits
The Twits, by Roald Dahl, is a funny story about Mr. and Mrs. Twit. They are two hairy people. Mr. and Mrs. Twit like to eat bird pie but the monkeys save them. Read more
Published on March 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Book!
I just read the book. I thought it was a great book. The Twits is one of my favorite books because I liked the funny things the Twits and the monkeys did. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!
The Twits are hilarous. After reading the book to my students they became hooked on Roald Dahl books. They just had to read other of his books. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Christina A. Zaremba
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