Laugh out loud at the silliest book I have read in ages. The Twits are pair of horrible, stupid people. Husband and wife. With nothing productive to do, all they focus on is playing ridiculous tricks on one another.
This book is riotous romp that will have young readers in stitches. Each crazy prank builds on the other, escalating the amusement.
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Age Range: 8 – 12
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Paperback: 112 pages
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook
It starts by introducing the two preposterous characters. Mr. Twit is a twit. (That’s British for dummy) He is mean and ugly. With long hair growing all over his face, head, and even in his ears, he never baths. The stinky old man always has crumbs of leftover food stuck in his beard. Mrs. Twit is just the same. She is dumb and ugly. Not ugly because she was born that way. But ugly because a lifetime of ugly thoughts made her that way.
Once we are introduced to the characters, then the fun begins. The story describes all of the silly, stupid pranks that they play on each other. For one, Mrs. Twit places her glass eye in Mr. Twit’s beer. He is suddenly shocked to find it at the bottom of his glass when he is done drinking. To get back at her, Mr. Twit puts a frog in her bed while she is sleeping. As she screams while feeling something slimy touching her, he taunts her further for a big laugh.
Mrs. Twit follows up the frog by putting worms in Mr. Twits spaghetti. The reader gets to laugh along with Mrs. Twit as her husband complains that the spaghetti is too bitter and squishy. He gets back at her by convincing Mrs. Twit that she has the shrinks. By slowly adjusting her walking stick, chair, and other things a little each day, he made her think that she was getting shorter.
I absolutely loved reading this silly book. The humor is brilliant and I laughed out loud more times that I can could count. I especially loved when the monkeys got back at the twits by gluing everything on the ceiling, convincing them that they were upside down.
This hilarious, classic book from legend Roald Dahl is a must read for all young readers. Even older kids who missed it when they were younger need to circle back and read this funny, short book.