The Big Read

No. 81 – The Twits, Roald Dahl Read 5/7/14

I think this may have to be a short review because there is very little in The Twits that can be critiqued. If you don’t know The Twits is the story of an evil elderly couple who play horrid tricks on each other, torment their pet monkeys by making them stand on there heads all day and cruelly capture birds to bake into pies. The monkeys however plot not only their escape but their revenge.

The Twits has the dark humour that I love about Roald Dahl; he seems to acknowledge that there are evil people in the world and children need to be aware of this. He does this in a way which is incomparably funny. Even as I read this aged 20 I couldn’t help but smile at the ridiculous, ingenious way that the monkeys get their revenge.

This book also has an amazing message for children which is delivered with humour but without irony,

“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on their 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 bare 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.”

Rating: 4/5

Would recommend to: children everywhere.

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