Book Review: The Twits

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The Twits 

by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Ages 8+, 96 pages

Fantasy & Humor

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the ugliest, dirtiest,  and smelliest people in the world. Mr. Twit has a very hairy beard that he never cleans and everything attaches onto the hairs. Mrs. Twit has the ugliest face ever, because she constantly has ugly thoughts. At the start of the book, Mr. and Mrs. Twit try to out revenge each other. Mrs. Twit uses her glass eye to watch Mr. Twit, but then he puts a frog in her bed. However, similar to other Dahl books the revenge slowly turns onto the ugly and dirty Twits. I thought this was a fun book with gross humor that I’m sure many will get a laugh.

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 it gets so ugly 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 they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

Nothing good shone out of Mrs. Twit’s face.

– Roald Dahl (The Twits, page 9)

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