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The Twits by Roald Dahl
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Jul 19, 12

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Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the most disgusting, horrible, smelly couple in the world. They are only good at three things: playing tricks on each other, making bird pie and making monkeys stand on their heads. Mr. Twit, who has the most revolting beard in the world, enjoys putting frogs in Mrs. Twit’s bed and making her believe she is shrinking. Mrs. Twit, who always carries a walking stick so she can hit children, likes to put her glass eye in Mr. Twit’s beer and feed him worms. But when Mr. Twit catches birds and Mrs. Twit cooks them in a pie, they get along like a house on fire. The Twits love animal cruelty. They love making their monkeys, Muggle-Wump and his family, stand on their heads all the time, even when they are eating. Muggle-Wump longs for freedom, and when the Roly-Poly Bird brings him the key to his cage, he gets it. But first it’s time for revenge. Muggle-Wump thinks up an excellent plan to get back at the Twits. He decides to put everything in their house upside down. He does this by using Mr. Twit’s Hugtight super glue. Of course, the glue is also dropped on Mr. and Mrs. Twit’s heads. When they enter the house and see that everything is upside down, they decide to stand on their heads so they will be the right way up. Unfortunately for the Twits, they are now upside down and stuck to the floor. Unable to free themselves, they shrink into the floor and die. Muggle-Wump and his family finally get their freedom and fly back to Africa with the Roly-Poly Bird.

Roald Dahl books are excellent for all types of children. The Twits was first published in 1980 and hasn’t lost any of its appeal. As always, Dahl uses language that makes adults cringe but children laugh. The Twits is a perfect book for Key Stage 2 pupils. It’s a fun, quick read and can be understood by both slow and fast learners. Quentin Blake’s illustrations are excellent and will stay in the pupils' minds forever. I’ll never forget the monkeys standing on their heads. The pictures really bring the reader into the book and make it more enjoyable. Roald Dahl books should be read by all pupils and The Twits is an excellent one to get them started.

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