The Twits

by Roald Dahl

Hardcover, 1981



Local notes

Fic Dah





Knopf Books for Young Readers (1981), Edition: Reprint, 76 pages


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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Original publication date


Physical description

76 p.; 6.75 x 0.5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member smilecharlene
I best book I read as a kid. I love it.
LibraryThing member JaniceTran
This is a book that I read back in year 7 and yet it's still one of my favourite books. "The Twits" written by Roald Dahl and it is illustrated by Quentin Blake and one of his most humorous books he has written. This book is based on an old nasty, dirty and filthy old couple, Mr and Mrs Twits who
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just spend their lives playing horrible tricks on each other. The couple can also be very cruel. Let’s say mostly to things they hate or dislike. Animal, which they lure them to them to glue smothered threes so they can then bake them into a bird pie, and tormenting their pets monkeys “Muggle Wump and his family, by getting them to stand either upside down or one on top of each other. Mr and Mrs Twits highly dislike children, Mrs Twit frequently carries a walking stick in her right hand, not to keep her walking steady but to hit children and animals. This book is a very humorous book, that most teenagers would enjoy reading nowadays, because each chapter the author has purposely written something that is appropriate for us teenagers to have a laugh about. But as a book, this occasionally make adults feel sick because the way he describes some of the graphic description of what lies within Mr Twits beard *the second chapter of the book*. Overall, the way Roald Dahl has written this book, teenagers/children’s enjoy being disgusted which makes this book very good to read. In conclusion, I rate this book a 4 out of 5 since I really enjoyed reading it and still am!
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LibraryThing member comfypants
Kind of cute, but there's not much of a story at all.
LibraryThing member lhicks5
When reading this book, I though of some of my fifth graders (now entering middle school) who had low confidence when it came to reading. This book is a funny read, and a good way to encourage students and help build their confidence.
LibraryThing member KellyBryan
This was my favorite book as a child! I love the storyline because it is so original and different. Dahl has a way with words and I am always intrigued by his books. Children will stay engaged because you want to see what happens to the Twits at the end. The Illustrator does a great job at
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capturing Dahl's humor and they really add to the story. "No matter how you look like physically, if you're a good person, it would shine through and would makes you a beautiful person". This is a great lesson for children to learn and can be incorporated into the classroom.
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LibraryThing member kateleversuch
This is a book I read and loved as a child, and recently decided to re-read my Roald Dahl books. I have to say, I think I found The Twits funnier this time round!

This is a very short children's book. The main characters are Mr and Mrs Twit, the monkey family and their friend the Roly-Poly bird.

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is the synopsis from

Mr and Mrs Twit are extremely nasty, so the Muggle-Wump monkeys and the Roly-Poly bird hatch an ingenious plan to give them just the ghastly surprise they deserve!

I just adored this book. Roald Dahl has such an amazing imagination. I wasn't sure what to expect as this is a predominantly children's book, but actually I was pleasantly surprised. Although I would not call this book particularly politically correct - having been written some years ago - the book had me laughing all the way through. Some of the nasty tricks Dahl thinks up are incredible. How he has come up with ideas is just beyond me!

My favourite character was the Roly-Poly bird. He definitely had the the funniest one-liners, which were relevant even to our society today. It was these lines which make this an excellent book for adults as well as children.

If you are looking for a book to enjoy with your children, or just a humorous light read, The Twits is certainly a good contender. There are some books we will just never be too old for!

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LibraryThing member aethercowboy
The Twits is, in my opinion, a terrible book for children. In addition, it's a terrible book for adults. While I do enjoy (I think) the writings of Roal Dahl, I found this one to be a swing and a miss.

The story covers two mean, nasty people: Mr. and Mrs. Twit. Dahl spends too much time introducing
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them and their idiosyncrasies, but only to the extent to make their pranks played on one another work. After that brief (but too long and sometimes too far) passage is over, the Twits could be any person who had a love/hate relationship with fowl (with one minor exception of foreshadowing, which fits into the end, which I didn't particularly enjoy either).

I feel that in writing this, Dahl released his first draft, which to a discerning reader, has more warts than the family Twit. One chapter flows to the next, but the amalgamation that is the river does not take the reader anywhere, really.

All in all, if you will read this story to your children (or let them read it on their own), read it first, so you don't get a nasty surprise when they emulate the Twits, who, while being portrayed as nasty people, may affect impressionable children. I myself will give this one a skip when it comes time to reading books to children.
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LibraryThing member bookworm12
The terrible husband and wife team, the Twits, are evil to everyone around them. By the end of the story they get their just desserts.
LibraryThing member XjessicaflorenceX
its quite boring a parts but its really funny in other parts
LibraryThing member crystalmorris
Funny book that provides an important lesson: that looks don't matter, it's what on the inside that counts. It also serves to teach children about the consequences of their actions. The humor and disgusting character traits of the Twits should appeal to the struggling or hesitant reader. Simon
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Callow performs the book well, and the 1 hour of listening goes quickly.
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LibraryThing member PatsyAdams
Grade: 2-5
Genre: Fantasy
Themes: silly humor, payback
The twits and dirty, mean and nasty and throughout this story they try to outdo each other in rottenness. Each one tries to play an even nastier joke on the other. Children really like this book because it is so stupid and just plain silly. I used
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this book with my reluctant readers during literature groups. The kids thought it was hilarious and wanted to find out what happened to the Twits in the end.
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LibraryThing member _doodle
This is one of my favourite books from my childhood. Roald Dahl creates some truly awful people in the Twits, with perfect revenge from the Monkey family and the Rollypolly bird. Set off by the perfect illustrations by Quentin Blake.
LibraryThing member mspioneer
The Twits is an odd book about a husband and wife who have an unordinary relationship. You should read it to find out more.
LibraryThing member theboylatham
Five out of ten.
This is the tale of the Twits: Mr and Mrs Twit, an obnoxious couple who spend their lives trying to outdo each other in nastiness. But the Muggle-Wump monkeys and the Roly-Poly bird hatch an ingenious plan to give them just the ghastly surprise they deserve.
LibraryThing member rosyposy
brilliant , ithink that everyone should be reading it.
LibraryThing member Othemts
Roald Dahl at his absolute worst (or best) describing a pair of absolutely awful people playing pranks on one another and then receiving their comeuppance from monkeys and birds. Well, yeah that’s really how it happens in the book. Lot’s of gross-out material for kids fills this slim volume.
LibraryThing member 6h.library
The Twits is a funny book about two cruel old hairy people. They like bird pie on wednesdays. I think it is a great book for younger ages because i read it in one go.
LibraryThing member aerae95
This book made me keep reading more. For example there was a man and woman who really nasty and mean..
It is not hard to read and easy to understand so I will pefer you to read this book.
LibraryThing member 2pigs
This is a great book. Could have a little bit more excitement. I liked all of it especially the chapter names.
LibraryThing member jemimahmatarau2012
this hilerous story takes place with two mean hag
LibraryThing member rebeccarodela
The Twits are the most revolting family known to mankind. They have horrible hygiene, even meaner personalities, and attitudes that are less than welcoming. While they isolate themselves from other people, they take much pleasure in pulling pranks on each other and in having random animals as pets-
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which are more like small prisoners to their harsh ways. However, the family of monkeys that the Twits have been keeping are sick and tired of the cruelty that they have been through, and have decided to turn the tables on the Twits to give them a taste of their own medicine and so set themselves free.
This descriptive story is a great read for young audiences and older ones as well. I think that Dahl's writing really is an excellent example of how powerful words can be and how they even have the magic to form images in the readers' minds. While being paired with Quentin Blake's illustrations, the text is pushed further, being supplemented by the expressive and playful pictures which effectively convey both grotesque and more humorous moments in the book.
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LibraryThing member Britt84
Great children's book. Roald Dahl was one of my favorite writers when I was a kid, and I still very much enjoy his stories...
We used to have a babysitter who was great at reading bed-time stories, and once we made him read this entire book in one evening :)
LibraryThing member stipe168
hilariously evil and schemy.
LibraryThing member Josselyngorman
Roald Dahl is in my opinion, one of the most creative authors for children's books. This has been one of my favorite books growing up because it is so out of the ordinary and hilariously ridiculous. It is about an old disgusting couple that like to play mean tricks on each other and how they get
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back on one another. In the end their miserable way of being is what causes their demise. This book is intended for 4-7 th graders and is a light read. I like the fact that it is broken up into segmented events that make up the whole story. This could be a good mentor text to help students break up their writing into small sections and to concentrate on character development. This book is also very visual with descriptive vocabulary and it can teach them how to add visualization to their work.
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LibraryThing member missbrandysue
The Twits are a horrible couple who cage animals and kill birds each week for Bird Pie. But the smart monkeys and birds get together and play a trick on them that turns their world upside down!

Great for kids (probably 2nd grade and older). The level of humor will be appreciated with children all
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the way up to middle school even. The very simple text should engage boys and children who can't or don't like to read for a long period of time. I love Dahl, and this is probably one of my favorite.
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