The Twits Paperback – May 29 1998
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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.
From the Inside Flap
Roald Dahl's thrillingly grotesque book for young readers is now available in a gorgeous new gift edition, featuring the deliciously wicked artwork of Quentin Blake.
Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything-except playing mean jokes on each other, catching unsuspecting 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. With the help of Roly-Poly Bird, they set out to get some well-deserved revenge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Awesome , received this book very quickly , book is in very good shape . Thanks so much !!Published 2 months ago by Irene Cranston
Mr. Twit and Mrs. Twit are scary. They are mean to their monkeys and they want them to stay up-side-down for hours. They want to shoot birds to make bird pie. Mrs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Grade 1 and 3 Class
This is a classic novel that my daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and laughing about it together.Published 3 months ago by Sara
This book is one of my favourites. As a third grade teacher it is really a great read aloud!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 24 months ago by Julie Cluff
It is amusing but not really Dahl's best.
This one will gather dust on my shelf for a long time.
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 morePublished on Nov. 15 2008 by Jane