The Twits

Posted by khrishan on 2019-01-08

This is one of many of the books I've read as part of my childhood. It's part of my bookcase of books, back at my parents' house.

The author is Roald Dahl, who wrote a whole series of children story books - most of which

I've read as a child. This post is part of the act of me 're-reading these books'.

This is one of Roald Dahl's 'smaller reads' - much like Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Mr and Mrs Twit, just like their names suggests, are disgusting human beings. They are dirty and foul and their environment depicts that. They live in a brick house with no windows.

In addition, they do not like each other. At the beginning of the book, they spend all their time playing nasty practical jokes on each other out of hatred for one another. These pranks include Mr. Twit hiding a frog in his wife's bed and Mrs. Twit tricking her husband into eating worms in spaghetti.

They also keep a family of pet monkeys, called the Muggle-Wumps. The Twits, retired circus trainers, are trying to form the first upside down monkey circus, leaving the monkeys to stand on their heads for hours on end. If they fail to do what Mr. Twit says, Mrs. Twit beats them with her cane.

Mr. Twit also coats tree limbs with a strong sticky glue in hopes of catching birds for Mrs. Twit to make into a bird pie. The monkeys try to warn the birds, but since the monkeys speak in an African language, the English birds cannot understand them, so end up in Mrs. Twit's pie.

One week, the Roly-Poly bird flies in from Africa to visit the monkeys, and acting as an interpreter of languages, keeps the birds from sitting anywhere Mr. Twit has spread glue. Tired of chasing the birds, the Twits decide to buy guns to kill them.

The Muggle-Wumps, tired of being forced to stand on their heads, with the help of the birds use Mr. Twit's powerful glue to attach the couple's furniture to their ceiling while they are away to trick them into thinking that they are upside-down and that their ceiling is actually their floor. The birds also smear glue on the Twits' heads, which permanently fixes them to the ground when a panicked Mr. Twit suggests that they stand on their heads so that they are 'the right way up' after they first walk into the upside down living room.

Stuck on their heads with all their weight pressing down on them, they catch the "Dreaded Shrinks" (a disease that Mr. Twit had convinced Mrs. Twit that she had earlier in the book as one of the pranks), their bodies compressing 'downwards' so that they eventually shrink away into nothing, leaving the Muggle-Wumps free to escape.

Thanks for reading 🙂 x