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.
Oh how this book brought me back to my childhood! As a young reader I absolutely loved Roald Dahl and it’s been years since I’ve read one of his books. My oldest daughter, who is seven, read her first Dahl book last year at school. She read the BFG and ever since she talked to me about how much she loved it I’ve been wanting to reread one of his books to see if the magic I remember from my childhood is still there. (It totally is!) When I saw that The Irish Banana was organizing a book tour to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday I knew I had to participate!
The Twits is classic Dahl filled with lots of silliness that any kid is sure to love. Mr. and Mrs. Twit are absolutely vile people who delight in being plain mean, especially to each other. They love to play evil pranks on each other and delight in the discomfort of others. Though they enjoy terrorizing each other, they are at their happiest when they team up to wreak havoc on the poor souls they choose to target. They torture their family of pet monkeys by making them stand on their heads for hours and they trap birds on tree branches using glue so they can make their favorite meal of bird pie. The illustrations in this book compliment the funny and outrageous plot and the wackiness never stops. I can’t wait to read this one with my daughters, I think they will be both horrified and tickled by the Twits antics.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to The Irish Banana for my review copy and for allowing me to participate in this amazingly fun blog tour!
About the Author:
About ROALD DAHL:
Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.
Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach – when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.
Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.
The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.
On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.
1 winner can pick 5 books from the Roald Dahl collection! US Only