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The Twits

Press: Samuel French Ltd (June 26, 2015)
Author Name:Wood, David; Dahl, Roald


Bored with playing school kiddish tricks on one another, the grotesque, satisfyingly revolting couple Mr and Mrs Twit turn their attentions to capturing and training a family of monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, for a circus act. 
The monkey's cruel incarceration in a cage is avenged when the birds trick the Twits into believing the world has turned upside-down.
The Twits join in, aided by the birds who drop glue on their hair, and the audience is encouraged to play their part in freeing the monkeys.


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  •     I confess -- I love the book "Matilda."A total fantasy novel lies behind the mask of a British school tale.Roald Dahl crossed the line into the utterly unbelievable by making his villains so incredibly bad. It's preposterous, and funny. So while this is a book that prominently features bullying, intimidation, horrible insults, and violent mistreatment of children, it isn't scary at all -- instead, it is funny.It's the vocabulary words and the quality of the writing that get me. Superb.As a read-aloud mom, who can read it and share the laughs with my family, I love this book. Still, I have to caution parents to pre-read it before you give it to your children. There is over-the-top anger, name-calling, and violence directed at kids -- and the kids take revenge in dangerous and harmful ways. We treat this the same way we treat Tom and Jerry or Sylvester and Tweety bird -- total fantasy. Don't behave like that. Isn't it funny?Parents are the best judges. Give it a try.Parent notes: truly awful name-calling, raging adults, parental abandonment, revenge against adults, mixing chemicals for revenge, lots of Forbidden Words, and a nice message in there about practice gets you to your goal.

  •     It's been a long time since I've read a book for young'uns but I enjoyed reading a book without bloody battles and sex.

  •     I am a ten-year old boy and I thought Matilda was a good book. My favorite character was Matilda. There was very humorous chapters that made me laugh.

  •     The book Matilda was published in 1988 before the author, Roald Dahl's death in 1990. It is about a little girl named Matilda who had mean parents. The girl was amazing, however, as she learned to read and write at the age ONE AND A HALF! She loved books, and every day when her father went to fix cars (not technically) and her mother left for Bingo, she would go to the public library to read books. At first, she read children's books. But then, she read all of them and started on adult books like the ones by Charles Dickens. She went into a school, and she had a teacher named Miss Honey and a perfectly vicious headmistress named the Trunchbull. Later she finds out The Trunchbull was Miss Honey's Guardian and aunt! She uses her brainpower ( literally a sort of force) to chase the mean Trunchbull out and help Miss Honey. Then, RIGHT after she helps Miss Honey, Their parents leave for Spain, because Matilda's father was in hot persuit from the cops for tricking people and pretending to fix other people's cars for money. However, Matilda convinces her parents to give permission to stay with Miss Honey. And everyone became happy.I love this book, because it's really funny. Also, I think the plot is very smoothly planned and natural, so I give this book a five star and a big hand.

  •     I'm a 9 year old boy who has just read a book about "real" witches. It was an amazing thrill to read about The Witches.

  •     Great book, extremely fast service!

  •     As a fourth grade student i adored this book. It was funny, not that scary ,and had creative ideas. At first as i was reading the book i thought the grandmother was a witch, i...

  •     My 8yr old loves this book.

  •     I am a ten-year old girl and I thought The BFG was a great book. I loved how some of the chapters made me laugh out loud. It was a very creative book and I always looked forward to reading it. I've read many books and The BFG was definitely one of my favorites. I decided to read The BFG because I saw an advertisement on TV for the movie. I'm glad I did! I would definitely -and no question about it- recommend it to a friend!

  •     Well packaged, and completely undamaged. Beautiful print with no smudging and no bents or dog corners on the front or back cover. Perfect for bedtime reading!

  •     One of my favorite movies and i had never read the book ( I know!). I enjoyed reading the book as it is a story I know and love.

  •     Originally published in 1988, "Matilda" was one of the last books author Roald Dahl wrote before his death in 1990. Most authors as they age become more cynical and dour. Think of the final writings of Dickens or Twain and how bitter they seemed in their late years. Then look at "Matilda". Here we have a sweet charming little piece of literature about a girl that is both good and interesting. Creating characters that you identify intrinsically with is not only difficult but (in children's books) sometimes near impossible. Reading "Matilda", it becomes clear that Roald Dahl never lost his touch for creating wonderful original characters and situations.The heroine of this little book also carries its name. Matilda is incredibly intelligent, even as a small child. Living with her boorish parents and oblivious brother, she teaches herself to read from the various magazine and newspapers lying about the house. Her parents are completely indifferent to their only daughter and it is only by playing small tricks on them when they've been particularly nasty that little Matilda is able to keep a hold on her sanity. By age five and a half Matilda has read all the children's books in the library and quite a few of the adult ones as well. On entering school for the first time, our protagonist comes face to face with a very worthy enemy. The Head Teacher, Miss Trunchbull, is the worst kind of dangerous violent adult. It is only through Matilda's cleverness that she is able to come to the aid of her teacher, Miss Honey, and save the school from the Trunchbull's insanity.As I mentioned before, Matilda is just the nicest kid ever. Intelligent without ever becoming pig-headed. Nice without becomes precious. She's just a swell child all around. Through her, Dahl takes some mighty fine cracks as his fellow kiddie lit authors. I was especially fond of the portion in which Matilda points out that though C.S. Lewis and Tolkien are fine writers, "There aren't many funny bits". And as we all know, Dahl is the master of the funny bit for kids. This book is chock full of them too. It contains all the usual peculiar Dahl touches (like kids being swung out of the playground by their pigtails) as well as practical jokes and nasty adults. The Trunchbull is perhaps THE nastiest adult ever to grace the pages of the Dahl world. Definitely unhinged, she abuses the children around her, coming just shy of actual physical contact. It is amazing then that Dahl doesn't dispatch of her in a violent or crazy fashion. She merely...disappears. Likewise Matilda's parents get their comeuppance by merely fleeing the country to Spain. Dahl was quite soft in his old age, it seems.Reading this book today I was struck by how much Lemony Snicket owes to Mr. Dahl. Not just the usual adults-are-nasty-cruel-and-possibly-batty take, but the narrative voice as well. It took me a couple minutes to realize that this was Dahl talking and not Mr. Handler. Illustrated by Quentin Blake, the book is perfectly complimented by the illustrators' insane imaginings and concoctions. The Blake/Dahl pairing is often inspired, and it works to its best advantage here. I can't imagine this book without Blake's particular little pointy nosed heroine gracing the pages. For those parents who either don't approve of Dahl or just don't "get" him, I think "Matilda" is the perfect story to win them over. You'd have to be pretty hard of heart not to love its little heroine and the troubles she gets into. A charming treat to be enjoyed for years to come.

  •     Hi, I'm a ten year old girl who has read the book The Twits, by Roald Dahl. It's disgusting in a way, exciting, and funny. The BFG was as good as The Twits, but it wasn't disgusting. The Twits are people that have three monkeys. They hate children. They make bird pie. Mrs. Twit has a glass eye. Mr. Twit has food in his beard which was very long. I would recommend this book to people that like funny, exciting, and disgusting books.

  •     this is a really funny because thy have witches and when the boy sees his first witch witb the present and he wouldnt come to eat until his grandma told him come on there is...

  •     always love Matilda and Roald Dahl books


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