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The Twits by Roald Dahl
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Jun 24, 2012

The Twits are a couple that nobody would like to know. They are hairy, dirty, smelly and generally unpleasant. Roald Dahl's characters are possibly the most disgusting characters in children’s literature. Mr and Mrs Twit spend their days inventing new ways to be nasty to each other. Each time Mrs Twit does something bad to Mr Twit, he just invents something worse to do to her. The Twits are not only unpleasant towards each other but they also hate animals. It is because of the Twits' attitude towards animals that we see their really awful side.

The main characters’ unpleasantness is the reason that children love them so much. They are constantly playing pranks on each other and this provides constant laughs throughout the whole book. As with all of Roald Dahl’s books there are moral lessons to learn from. One of my favourite moral lessons in The Twits is that people who have good thoughts can never be ugly. The simple language and use of illustrations throughout ensure a truly fascinating read.

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