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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  61,464 ratings  ·  1,682 reviews
How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, 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.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 24th 2004 by Puffin Books (first published 1980)
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Greg
Twits are ugly people who do horrible things to each other and others. They are not nice, and they are negative people who have been negative so long that the negativity has made them ugly.

On Monday I was going to write a review that just said that I'm a twit. Which isn't really true, I'm generally a only a slightly negative person, bordering on neutral and I don't do things intentionally to try to cause other people harm. Sometimes I do turn incredibly negative though and then I come out swing...more
Anthony Vacca
Dahl's The Twits is at its finest during the first half of the book which relates various highlights in the comedy of cruelty that is the marriage between the two eponymous grotesques, Mr and Mrs Twit. When Mrs Twit isn't serving Mr Twit a bowl of worms or hiding her glass eye in his after-supper beer, and when Mr Twit isn't playing a fucked-up mind game on Mrs Twit - such as carving away an inch of his wife's cane, day by day, so that he can trick her into thinking she is slowly but surely shri...more
Mariel
Dec 03, 2010 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ratatouille
Recommended to Mariel by: Lester
My birds and I got into a big literary debate this morning. The book was Dahl's The Twits. Lester the Molestor maintains that I would be more delicious in a pie. My vote is for a hearty bird pie. You are what you eat. Who would want to be me? There is a big hungry gator waiting for us to decide. She said we might settle it over a scrabble game... We lost. It was Lester's fault! He doesn't know enough Q words....
I'm scared.
I swear to myself (and on a stack of bibles) that I had already reviewed T...more
MJ Nicholls
An allegory on post-Communist Götterdämmerung qua Joseph Stalin or an attack on hairy-faced men?

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Farah
Judul bukunya membuat gue tertarik sekali.
Eh.. Apa ini? The Twits? Roald Dahl? Hah? Roald Dahl nulis buku tentang Twitter? *ditampar pake kandang burung warna biru*.
Sampe-sampe gue buka kamus untuk tahu apa sih arti twit itu sebenernya?

Twit (Noun. Informal)
A silly or foolish person.

Yeah okay. I got the idea. Maksudnya, buku ini bercerita tentang orang-orang yang jadi konyol karena kebanyakan update status Twitter dong? *dipatok burung pemakan bangkai* *matek*.

Abaikan bagian tadi :D
Anyways, kada...more
Salymar
If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
-The Twits, Roald Dahl
Shelle Klein Houser
Archer and I love this book! It's funny and evil and typical Dahl, it's fun to read out loud (or to yourself if you're not reading to a child) and there's an unrealized circus act full of upside-down monkeys.

Jo
I don't know why I only gave this one two stars to begin with. I read it over and over again when I was little and thought it was great.

When I read it again, though, with my own children, they didn't seem as keen on it. It's definitely not as complex and interesting as Matilda, or James and the Giant Peach, or really any of his more famous books. It's a simple tale of two really horrible people who do horrible things and come to a horrible end. My son found it a bit boring in comparison to the...more
PurplyCookie
One of Dahl's gleefully naughty children's books, complete with the most disgusting description of a person's beard ever. I believe that Mr. and Mrs. Twit are two of the most nastiest and horrid characters in children's literature, from their repulsive looks 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") to being...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Only Dahl could make such a delightful children's story out of two such miserable, horrid, nasty characters! Of course, he knew how to write an ending that would satisfy our (childish?) sense of justice. It's been years since I read this book, but it was just as I remembered it: delightfully wicked, uproariously funny, and a little sad.

Mr and Mrs Twit are two very ugly people, whose ugliness reflects the ugliness of their hearts. They live in a windowless brick house, play mean and spiteful tric...more
Tuyet Truong
The last time I read this book was when I was a junior at primary school. I reread this up to remind me why Roald Dahl was one of my favourite childhood authors.

The Twits are two horrid individuals who seem to hate each other as much as they hate everyone else. They spend their days playing nasty tricks on each other, which include making worm spaghetti and putting frogs in the other's bed. When Mr Twit is not playing tricks on Mrs Twit, he spends his time torturing a family of monkeys by making...more
Christine Blachford
As a kid, The Twits was never one of my favourite Dahl stories. It's all a bit grizzly with disgusting beards, trees with glue on and upside down monkeys. Great, imaginative stuff, but not really what I liked. Well, actually, the upside monkeys were okay.

As an adult, this book is brilliant. Mostly because it ticks an item off my Big Read list, and only took half an hour to finish. Actually, it's a fine little story, typical Dahl. Two quite despicable creatures are truly awful to each other and t...more
Urfan Ashraf
The Twits is a story about a spiteful couple called the twits who live together with their pet monkeys the Muggle Wumps and are always playing mean tricks on each other. If that wasn't enough they also treat those around them poorly. This results in the Muggle Wumps playing a trick of their own and convincing the twits that they are shrinking by gluing all their furniture onto the roof of their home.

I like this book because I feel that Roald Dahl uses humour to great effect, with lots of vivid...more
★ ßurçακ ★
Charlie'nin çikolata fabrikası kitabını eğlenerek okumuştum. Yazarın yine beni güldüreceğini düşünerek buna da başladım ve hemen bitti :) İyiki okumuşum kitap çocuklara yönelik de olsa yetişkinlerde eğlence amaçlı okuyabilir. Çoğu yetişkin kitabından daha iyi bence.

Bay ve Bayan Kıl'ın iğrençliklerini, birbirlerine yaptıkları iğrenç şakalara gül gül öldüm. Özellikle Bayan Kıl'ın KISAL hastalığına yakalandığını düşünüp Bay Kıl'a kendini balonlarla gerdirmesi çok komikti :D

Konu olarak da bu iki iğ...more
Alex
Jan 29, 2014 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bearded hipsters
Shelves: 2014
A good gift for the bearded Williamsburg hipster in your life.

"What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around nowadays.

When a man grows hair all over his face it is impossible to tell what he really looks like.

Perhaps that's why he does it. He doesn't want you to know.

Then there's the problem of washing."
83star
Oct 07, 2008 83star rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every one
Recommended to 83star by: no one
My book is The Twits the author is Roald Dahl. The illustrater is Quentin Blake.It's about two really nasty people Mr.and Mrs. Twit.Both of them catch birds to make bird pie's. Mr. Twit has all kinds of suff in his hair around his face like for example corn flakes and tinned sardine.
What I was thinking about when i was reading this book is that Mr.and Mrs.Twit were really mean . Poor little mokeys had to live with them. I could already imagen how they looked.I wonder how they made birds into p...more
Nicole Bishop
The Twits is a funny story about Mr and Mrs Twit who enjoy playing tricks on each other. They also hate children, and are not very nice to animals, which results in them causing a lot of mischief. The story follows their adventures, and ends with Mr and Mrs Twit becoming involved in a very tricky situation. I really enjoyed this book because it was very entertaining, and kept me laughing throughout. I feel that it would be mostly enjoyed by children aged 7-11 years old. It would be an ideal book...more
Nikita Shah
Mr and Mrs Twit are two smelly, mean and unpleasant people who are married to each other. Their days do not consist of much other than playing constant tricks on each other. These practical jokes involve unpleasant doings to each other which drive them both mad! The tricks they play include:

1.The glass eye – Ms Twit puts a glass eye in her husband’s beer and tells him she is always watching him
2.The Frog in the bed – Mr Twit puts a frog under Mrs Twit’s duvet
3.The Wormy Spaghetti – Mrs Twit puts...more
Andrew Christou
Summary (no spoilers):

Mr and Mrs Twit are unpleasant, to say the least. Mr Twit is the epitome of filth. His whole face, but for the nose, eyes and forehead, hides behind a thick, bristly beard, where you will find rotting morsels of leftover anchovies, stilton and all the other nasty sorts of food he liked to eat. Mrs Twit is hardly any better. Years of ugly thoughts have distorted the radiance of her once charming countenance into a grotesque effigy.

The unsightly duo spend their miserable live...more
Kittykorn
This has got to be one of the most loved books on my boys bookshelves, both of them love this book and are always laughing at the twits antics.
Tara O'
My review of The Twits by Roald Dahl

I really enjoyed this book and to my surprise I found myself laughing out loud at times!!

The first part of this book gives detailed descriptions of Mr and Mrs Twit and their nasty attitudes towards each other. Basically, the Twits are a miserable married couple who spend their days playing foul tricks on each other, like the wormy spaghetti and the frog in the bed tricks. They hate everyone and everything, especially children and animals. Mr Twit keeps a famil...more
Purplelynne
I was brought up on a diet of Roahl Dahl as a child. My mum was an avid reader, and I caught the bug from her. I spent hours digesting endless stories such as The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.
I read The Twits when it first came out in 1980 and I was 9 years old. I read this book from cover to cover in about a day, and have loved it ever since. I remember when my son came home from primary school with this book. His challenge was to read it all, as he had...more
Dublin James
When recently reading The Twits to my three year old niece during babysitting duties I said to her that Mr. Twit and Mrs. Twit were "a pair of SILLY OLD TWITS!!!!!". I don't recall if the phrase was actually in the book or whether I made it up but either way she found it hysterical and, upon her parents coming home later that night, ran over to greet them with shouts of "SILLY OLD TWITS!!!!!!" "SILLY OLD TWITS!!!!" to my brothers' obvious bemusement and his wifes' (even more obvious) distress.

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Ciaran
The Twits was written by Roald Dahl and was illustrated by Quentin Blake. Although this book was written three decades ago it remains popular with children today.
The Twits is based on a couple called Mr and Mrs Twit, a frightful and wicked couple who take pleasure on mocking each other. Throughout the story the reader is taken into the world that is of The Twits. The reader gets an insight into how malleolus Mr and Mrs Twit are when they are playing pranks on each other, for instance Mr Twit le...more
Alexander
The Twits is a story about a very nasty and revolting husband and wife. In their old age they have become bitter, foul, alienating and unhygienic and hate children. The couple love to play clever tricks on each other and always need to get their own back. Tricks have included feeding Mr Twit worms and letting Mrs Twit fly away in the air tied by balloons. Mr Twit trains a family of monkeys to perform upside down and loves to catch birds for pie by sticking glue on tree branches. Luckily, the Twi...more
Hollie Westmore
Roald Dahl- The Twits

As a child The Twits was my absolute favourite story to read over and over again. It was the first Roald Dahl story that I had read and it started my enthusiasm to read more books especially other Roal Dahl stories. I believe Roald Dahl’s The Twits would be appropriate for children in years 4-6, both boys and girls would love this story however as an adult I need no excuse to read this or any other Roald Dahl stories!

Mr and Mrs Twit is a disgusting, horrible, ugly couple who...more
Shelina
The Twits are two ‘ugly, nasty’ people who have nothing better to do than to be mean and play tricks on each other. They look horrible too! Mr. Twit has a long straggly beard with food droppings in it and Mrs. Twit has an ugly face and a glass eyeball! They are mean to animals and horrible to children. But the ‘Twits’ is a fun filled story and a lot can be learned from them. There can be focuses on language. You could use the twits as a starting point for poetry and use language from the book to...more
Andrew Shute
What a great book!

Husband and Wife - The Twits are such great characters for the children to picture in their minds as the reader reads the book. Roald Dahl has peppered this book with imagery that will stay with children forever, I know that it had the same effect on me.

I found that this book was great to read aloud as it introduced many opportunities to use a wide range of expression filled voices and tones. Especially the The Twits themselves, the children loved my impressions of their two ve...more
Francesca Tomassi
The Twits is about a rather ugly couple who like very few things in life... they dont even like each other! They are constantly playing evil tricks on each other, such as Mrs Twit putting her glass eye in Mr Twits drink, or Mr Twit making Mrs Twit worm spaghetti. They both however enjoy catching birds and making them into pies. They also own some monkeys that are kept in a cage and forced to perform tricks. However the Birds and the Monkeys hatch a plan one afternoon to seek revenge on the Twits...more
Rahime
My first book from Roald Dahl and i have to say that I am already a big fan. The Twits kept me and the Year 3 class I was working with engaged for more than a week.
The Twits is a book about an elderly couple who hate children,treat their animals horribly and spend a considerable amount of their time planning tricks to play on each other.To retell the story with few simple sentences would not do it any justice .The real power of the book is the language that the author uses to describe his charac...more
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“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
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“Mr. Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And, now at the age of sixty, he was a bigger twit than ever.” 163 likes
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