#54 The Twits by Roald Dahl

Mr Twit is a foul and smelly man with bits of cornflake and sardine in his beard.

Mrs Twit is a horrible old hag with a glass eye.

Together they make the nastiest couple you could ever hope not to meet.

Down in their garden, the ghastly, evil Twits keep Muggle-Wump the monkey and his family locked in a cage.

But not for much longer! Because the monkeys are planning to trick the terrible Twits and make their escape, once and for all…

Paperback | 87 pages

Publisher:  Penguin Random House UK (2016, as part of a set of 15 books)

Read: 20th July 2020.

Age Range (if applicable): 7-9 years old.

It’s funny, I know Roald Dahl so much that I just assumed I’d read all his books as a kid but it turns out that I didn’t. What does ‘The Twits’ have in store for me?

There is never anything difficult about reading a Roald Dahl book. It is simply enjoyment.

I never have to look far to find the amusing Dahl character and who better to turn to than Mr and Mrs Twit!

I know of the Twits but I’d forgotten what happened – having never actually read this book!

Mr Twit was a Twit!! Haha, no seriously, what an unpleasant man. Imagine being married to someone whose only joy was seeing you suffer!! And that beard! Bleugh! Surely he should have gotten sick or disease ridden from all the rotting food hidden in his beard.

Mrs Twit in comparison, seemed less vengeful and more of a trickster and I was surprised to feel a little sorry for her.

Of course, the monkey’s and the birds get the best deal in the end and rightly so!

Like reading ability, nothing goes wrong with visualising the book. Between Quentin Blake’s illustrations and Dahl’s way with words, visualisation comes easily.

86 pages of happiness out here in the sunshine. Reading The Twits was amusing, I’m a big fan f how Dahl exposes the villains of his stories and how they all get their comeuppance. I liked this one because it pitted animals against humans, just like ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and ‘James and the Giant Peach’. I always find it interesting to see that dynamic.

I was entertained for half an hour and that’s really all that matters. Discovering Roald Dahl again as an adult has been so rewarding and an experience I’ve associated with joy through this pandemic.

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