Title: The Twits
Author: Roald Dahl
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Comedy, Easy reading
Dates read: 16th June – 5th July 2019
5th sentence, 74th page: He was out of breath and so tired he could hardly flap his wings.
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.
Growing up, my best friend and I decided that we were the “Twin Twits”. And I couldn’t for the life of me remember why and where this came from. Until I bought a box set of Roald Dahl books. And realised exactly why we used the word Twits. As an adult, I’m not entirely sure why we thought that was “cool”, but it meant that rereading this was a great, nostalgic journey down memory lane.
This is one of those fun, easy things that, as an adult you can read in under half an hour. It only took me a few days because I kept getting distracted by being… well, an adult. It’s funny and full of these quirky, lively illustrations. The storyline isn’t a difficult one, and actually really only comes into play about halfway through the novel. Mostly because the first half is just a series of funny little anecdotes about how horrible Mr and Mrs Twit are.
I can imagine keeping this book for years and reading it to my future nieces, nephews and maybe children. Teaching them all about the silliness of the Twits and the karma that followed their horrible actions. Sharing the fun pictures and laughing at the randomness of the activities.
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