The Twits – Roald Dahl

Mr and Mrs Twit, the loathsome antagonists.

So, as last year was the 100-year anniversary of Roald Dahl, I decided that I would spend this Summer rereading all of my favourite books by him, kicking off with The Twits.

This was the book that I used to read before bed, every night. I would even start it again the following night if I had read it all the previous day. As a big believer of things never being as good as you remember them from when you were younger, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I thought that I would but it remained true to it’s perfection from my thoughts.


The relationship between these two characters is amazing and I think this is where I learnt my passive aggressive nature for use against my brothers (not that I ever went as far as the Twits do). From the spaghetti to the glue, this book is rife with amusing moments for children and adults alike, a brilliant book to read as a bedtime story to your children.


I love this illustrator, Quentin Blake, as he truly brings life to the characters throughout the book, helping you to create the story in your mind.


It took me a matter of an hour or so to read, that was uninterrupted however, but it is still possible to read in a short amount of time, may be a bit long to read in one session with most children but the chapters mean you can easily break it down into sections that still make sense.


Below is my favourite quote from the book and we often paraphrase it in our house to make sure that everyone is thinking happy things, not wanting to look like the Twits with food in their beards.

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.

As you can probably tell, this is a book that I would recommend to anyone, and everyone.

5 out of 5 stars

Accelerated Reader Information

Level: 4.4

Points: 1.0

Interest Level: MY

Quiz Number: 200424

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