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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
Jul 16, 2009 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-kids
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
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Sara Kamjou
یکی از فانترین و بامزهترین داستانایی بود که تا حالا خوندم :)) خلاقیتش عالی بود، عالی! کلی باهاش خندیدم و حس خوب پیدا کردم.
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بخشهای ماندگار کتاب:
اگر کسی فکرهای پلیدی در سر داشته باشد، آن فکر پلید کمکم در صورتش معلوم میشود.
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شخصی که فکرهای خوب در سر دارد، هیچوقت زشت نمیشود. شاید شما دماغ بیریخت دهانی کج یا چانهای دو تکه داشته باشید یا دندانتان از دهان بیرون زده باشد ولی اگر فکرهای خوبی در سر داشته باشید، آنها مثل پرتوهایی از نور خورشید در چهرهتان خواهد درخشید
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MJ Nicholls
An allegory on post-Communist Götterdämmerung qua Joseph Stalin or an attack on hairy-faced men?

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Anthony Vacca
Aug 28, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
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Salymar
Oct 10, 2013 Salymar rated it it was amazing
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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.
-The Twits, Roald Dahl
Brendon Schrodinger
Nov 27, 2015 Brendon Schrodinger rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
"What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around these days. 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'd rather you didn't know.

Then there's the problem with washing."





What an opportune time to read 'The Twits' with so many Mr Twit clones around. Roald had the right idea. They're dirty shifty buggers who paint trees in glue to catch birds and torture monkeys

Yes, hipsters torture monkeys. But they did it before it w
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Sara Alaee
Mar 07, 2015 Sara Alaee rated it it was amazing
Funny childish story of a couple who do nasty things to each other and the birds and the monkeys. Finally the monkeys and birds take revenge by turning the Twits’ house upside down.

So creative! I loved it and yet I think there’s more to this story than just meets the eyes (the bearded face descriptions, cruelty and its relation to ugliness, standing on head instead of feet and then shrinking looks like social or even political(?) criticism to me!).

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be
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FeReSHte
Mar 10, 2015 FeReSHte rated it liked it
Recommended to FeReSHte by: Sara Alaee
Shelves: young-adult, humour
ظاهرت زشت نخواهد بود مگر این که اعمال و افکارت زشت باشند
و ظاهرت دوست داشتنی و زیبا نخواهد شد مگر این که قلب زیبایی داشته باشی
شاید همه ی پیام نویسنده لابلای ماجراهای آقا و خانم توییت همین بود

واقعن درآوردن همچین داستان مفرح و جالبی واسه ژانر کودک و نوجوان با دو تا شخصیت اصلی بدجنس و زشت و چندش آور کلی مهارت و نبوغ میخواد
Farah
Sep 06, 2010 Farah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rosie
Jan 22, 2016 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this for a project I am doing, doing drama workshops in a primary school based on the work of Roald Dahl and this is the first we are studying.

I love it and the memory it brings, the illustrations are lovely and I love Dahl's serious undetones.

4 stars because, in my opinion, the audiobook enhances the reading experience more and I prefer it to the book.
Ferdy
Quite funny and entertaining, not as good as The BFG or Matilda though.

I kind of loved Mr and Mrs Twit, despite them being horrible to everyone. I thought the nasty tricks they played on each other and names they called each other were actually kind of cute, they both were just so well suited each other (unlike most fictional couples). They might just be my OTP.
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.

Sara Williams
Roald Dahl had the best imagination ever.
Not only is The Twits awfully original, it is also very clever despite being a children's book.
I absolutely adore Roald Dahl for creating the most bizarre characters and putting them into wacky situations. The book was funny alright, not mindblowing but I can see myself as a kid loving this to bits.
Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"
Quick buddy read with my eldest daughter haha. Great book and I think I laughed more than my daughter did, I'm such a big kid :)
Jo
Sep 23, 2012 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bbc-100-books
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
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Saoirse Sterling
Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

The Twits is one of the more well-known Roald Dahl books that I didn't know anything about and I can't say that's a bad thing. It's a fairly decent yarn about some horrible couple who are horrible to themselves, each other and anything within a five-thousand-mile-radius but it completely lacks a solid plot and the adventurous whimsy of his other works.

Dahl didn't like beards at all, which I think tells yo
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Nấm Hương
Jul 12, 2015 Nấm Hương rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood-memory
quậy tưng bánh
vui quá không kịp thấy vợ chồng lão twit đáng ghét luôn
haha
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Jun 16, 2016 Kathy Worrell ツ rated it it was amazing
One of the best authors of children's literature.
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
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Elly (imagineworkshop)
Aug 03, 2015 Elly (imagineworkshop) rated it really liked it
I read this book for the 2015 BookTubeAThon. I have fond memories of reading this book as a kid, but I didn't remember why until I reread it. It is a wonderful childrens book that subconsciously teaches kids simple things like kindness and keeping clean or else they would turn into the nasty humans that are the Twits.
Rubi
Mar 28, 2015 Rubi rated it really liked it
Great job, Roald Dahl! I have been laughing all the time. It is a very short story but I've enjoyed it a lot.

Haleema
Aug 19, 2015 Haleema rated it it was amazing
‘The Twits’ is about a misanthropic, gruesome and horrid couple who spend their time playing disgusting tricks on each other. Some of their devious, yet humorous, tricks involve hiding frogs in their partner’s bed, cunningly placing glass-eyeballs in drinks and even disguising worms in spaghetti! Amongst all this plotting, Mr Twit spends time painting ‘Hugtight’ sticky glue onto tree branches to capture helpless birds for the duo’s ‘Bird Pie’. The Twits also torture their pet monkeys, the Muggle ...more
Tuyet Truong
Aug 05, 2011 Tuyet Truong rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Anton
Jun 25, 2013 Anton rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Roald Dahl was my first literary love, but I never dared to read this book. Those two people on the cover were so scary. They looked at me like they wanted to abuse me, or something. Having finally read it almost twenty years later, I was a bit disappointed. The first half of the book was pretty good. Watching the Twits being simply gross, mean and secretive was great fun. I think a core part of children’s literature is simply making fun of adults. After this initial characterisation and sequenc ...more
Alice Spades
Apr 10, 2016 Alice Spades rated it it was amazing
well this was a funny one, loved the end
Jess Shelley
Mar 06, 2016 Jess Shelley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Read this for my 'children's lit' course. Not my favourite of Roald Dahl's work but was still good.
Liberty K
Apr 25, 2016 Liberty K rated it really liked it
“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.”


Roald Dahl can make a children story so releva
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Maria
Nov 05, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just like the rest of Roald Dahl's books, The Twits is hilarious and offers great words to live by.

It is basically about a ghastly couple known as The Twits and how their vile behavior towards others lead them to their own death.

Mr. Twit was a dirty old man with a revolting, unkempt beard with bits of leftover food stuck in it and his wife was an ugly old lady who had a glass eye.They were very unpleasant people and this showed in the way they looked and where they lived. The Twits used to be v
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

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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.” 173 likes
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