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The Twits By Roald Dahl

Updated on September 21, 2014

The Twits: The Story Of A VERY Gruesome Couple

The Twits is a revolting tale of two disgusting people written by the prolific children's author, Roald Dahl. The Twits is rather a short book, with short, simple chapters and is suitable for fairly young children in this respect. There is much to amuse and disgust children and adults alike in The Twits with excellent illustrations to add the pleasure of this fantastic story.

This is one of Dahl's most vile and appalling stories but children will love it and it makes a wonderful book for parents to read with their kids.

This lens outlines the story of The Twits, describes the main characters as well as providing information on other aspects of the book.

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The Twits by Roald Dahl - Filthy Fun For Readers Of All Ages

The Twits
The Twits

This is one of those books that book lovers, young or old, MUST read. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy, you are almost certain to read the whole thing in one go and then want to read this delightful tale again soon after, such is the quality of this children's book.

This story is full of delightfully revolting characters and events which will make children giggle and parents chuckle; this is one of the best children's books ever written, in my opinion, and it is perfect for parents to read to their kids. This story is full of childish fun and silly schemes with enough humor to make readers laugh out loud. I loved it as a seven-year old and still love it as a forty-year old.

The Twits
The Twits

The Story Of The Twits - The Plot And The Characters

The story begins by describing what vile and disgusting creatures the Twits are and the horrible tricks they play upon each other. However, their most awful schemes are saved for their pet monkeys and the local wild bird population.

The Muggle-wumps are a family of captive monkeys who are tormented by the Twits and forced to stand on their heads for the pleasure of the hideous pair. The local birds are the victims of Mr Twit's glue, ending up in his daily bird pie. However, one day a Roly-poly bird arrives and the monkeys and birds get their revenge on the Twits by tricking them into thinking that they were upside down and getting them to stand on their heads with glue upon them so that they end up glued to the ground and eventually disappear.

Horrible, nauseating, cruel and dirty: kids love it.

Mr Twit - A filthy fusspot

Mr Twit has the most disgusting beard in history with all sorts of putrid food items stuck within it. So vile is Mr Twit that he occasionally digs into this filthy larder to eat scraps of fish, cornflakes and cheese, but for some reason he thinks that his horrible hairy beard makes him look dignified.

Mr Twit loves to eat bird pie! He goes out every day to apply glue to a tree in his garden and unfortunate birds get stuck on it and get pput into the pie. Spaghetti is another of his favorites and he so relishes it that he doesn't even notice when his wife puts worms in his helping of the meal. Disgusting Mr twit also drinks beer at breakfast and even considers eating some boys that get stuck on his bird glue.

Mr Twit enjoys playing cruel tricks on his wife, on one occasion putting a frog in her bed and telling her that it was a giant skillywiggler come to bite off her toes. Another of Mr Twit's terrible tricks was to glue ticny pieces of wood to her walking stick every day so as to make it slightly longer. This tricks Mrs Twit into thinking that she is shrinking but Mr Twit offers a solution; use helium-filled balloons to lift her while her feet are tied to the ground, thus stretching her!!!! Evetually Mr Twit cuts the rope and Mrs Twit floats away.


Kids can have fun making this character's filthy beard here; Mr Twit's Beard.

Mrs Twit - A Wicked Wench

Mrs Twit is the perfect wife for Mr Twit; hideously ugly, miserable, unhygienic and cruel. She was once a pretty girl but a lifetime of thinking ugly thoughts turned her into perhaps the world's ugliest beast of a woman; with one good eye and one glass eye which she removes to scare people and as if that wasn't enough she always carries a cane which she uses to hit unsuspecting children and animals.

Mrs Twit enjoys playing horrible tricks on her husband just as much as her loves playing them on him and a couple recounted in the tale are the serving of spaghetti laced with worms and placing her glass eye in Mr Twit's beer.


The Twits by Roald Dahl
The Twits by Roald Dahl

Quentin Blake's Wonderful Illustrations Of Roald Dahl Books

The wonderful illustrations for Roald Dahl's The Twits were drawn by Quentin Blake who formed a famous partnership with Dahl, illustrating many of his books with his instantly recognisable style.

Blake's drawings, for this tale, perfectly capture the vileness of the dastardly Twits, the innocence of the Muggle Wump monkey family and the vigour of the Roly-Poly Bird. Whilst Roald Dahl was one of the best children's authors of all time, his books would not be what they are without Quentin Blake's artwork.

Select this link to see some more illustrations from the book: The Twits book illustrations.

The Twits Coffee Mug
The Twits Coffee Mug

Things To Buy That Feature Roald Dahl's Awful Couple

Twits Mug

Twits-lovers can drink their morning cup of coffee from this great mug decorated with a nice illustration of the grotty couple grinning gruesomely. Peter's of Kensington offer this fun mug for $13 and as I cannot seem to find any of these for sale on eBay it is probably Dahl fans' only chance to get hold of one of these.

On the back of this mug is one of the amusing quotes from the book; "Oh, do shut up, you old hag,' Mr Twit said."

Twits Badge
Twits Badge

Twits Badge

For those Roald Dahl fans who wish to adorn themselves with the filthy couple, this badge is just the thing. Featuring the classic illustration, by Quentin Blake, of Mr and Mrs Twit, grinning menacingly, armed with their pot of glue and walking stick, this badge seems to only be available at one place;

This is a rare item that I cannot seem to find anywhere else and it is available for just one pound sterling! If you are a fan of this children's book then get one of these badges now before they disappear forever!

Twits Stamp
Twits Stamp

Twits Stamp/Postcard

In 2011 The Royal Mail in United Kingdom issued a series of postage stamps that featured Quentin Blake's illustrations from a number of Roald Dahl's books; one of these stamps featured an illustration of Mr and Mrs Twit stuck, upside down; victims of the bird glue.

As can be seen, the stamp was produced in the original colors and carried the value of one pound sterling. This was also issued as a postcard and both the stamp and postcard can sometimes be found on eBay auctions and a pin badge of the same illustration can be found on the Royal Mail's website. These are great for those who are fans of Roald Dahl and like to collect stamps.

Twits Mousepad on
Twits Mousepad on

The Twits Mousepad

Are these the birds that Mr Twit is trying to catch with his glue? They certainly look like some of the birds from the story and with a giant speech bubble to that effect I have included it here for fans to see as it seems like the illustration recreates a scene from the funny story.

Select the picture or the link here if you would like to take a closer look at this novelty mouse pad - Twits Birds Mousepad.

Twits Figurines

These figurines are so cool; Mr Twit with his glue, ready to catch birds for his pie, and Mrs Twit waving her walking stick around, ready to bash anyone that gets in her way.

These figurines were made by Robert Harrop but they do not seem to be available to buy any more. However, they are so good I could not resist putting them here on this page; anyone who wants them can try searching on eBay but I did not have any luck when I looked.

Let Us Know What You Think Of Roald Dahl's Tale Of The Hideous Humans

Most children love the disgusting and rude characters that Dahl created but with some parents they are not so popular. What is your opinion on the book?

Are The Twits wonderfully revolting villians or too disgusting for children?

On Your Own Version Of This Funny Story Using This Script

The Twits: A Set of Plays
The Twits: A Set of Plays

This short story is perfect for adaptation into play format and children will love to be involved in performing this revolting children's tale, taking parts such as Mr and Mrs Twit, Mugglewump the monkey and the Roly-poly Bird.


Video Clips - Watch Other Peoples Versions Of The Story

These following video clips are all independent productions of The Twits. I hope you enjoy watching them, they are quite amusing.

Some More Interesting Pages About The Twits By Roald Dahl

Funtrivia - Twits Quiz - Some fun quizzes about The Twits; what do you know about them?

The Twits by Roald Dahl - The Wikipedia entry for The Twits; everything you could want to know about the book.

Twits Wordsearch - A wordsearch puzzle based on vocabulary from the book, "The Twits"; ideal for those reading the book at home or at school.

The Twits Review - A short book review of Roald Dahl's, "The Twits".

Los Cretinos - The Spanish Language Version Of The Book

Los Cretinos (Infantil) (Spanish Edition)
Los Cretinos (Infantil) (Spanish Edition)

Los Cretinos is the Spanish language version of Roald Dahl's superb book about the pair of disgusting people who enjoy inflicting unhappiness on each other. It is nice to see that children from other cultures can read and appreciate this fun story.


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Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes - Try Cooking Bird Pie!

Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes
Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes

This collection of ridiculous and revolting recipes includes Mr Twit's favorite, bird pie, as well as the wormy spaghetti served to him by his witchy wife. Many other fun recipes are contained within this book, all based on Dahl's revolting style.


Read These Other Great Roald Dahl Books - They Are Just As Fun

These five books by Roald Dahl are also exceptional stories for children. The Witches, Matilda and George's Marvellous Medicine are full of horrible characters and disgusting events in a similar way to The Twits.

The Witches
The Witches

This is another fun book from Roald Dahl in which a boy is turned into a mouse by witches when he discovers himself in the middle of a witches' convention. This is full of the sort of fun that is typical of Roald Dahl's stories.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is perhaps Roald Dahl's most famous book. The story of how Charlie finds a golden ticket and gets to meet Willie Wonka in his bizarre factory staffed by Oompa Loompas.

George's Marvelous Medicine
George's Marvelous Medicine

This story is another fun example of Roald Dahl's horrible humor. George is left alone with his hideous grandmother and he creates a series of potions which have funny effects on the old bag!


Matilda is a special girl who has the power to control things with her mind. In this story there are some wonderful characters and it is so much fun when Matilda uses her skills to punish the horrendous Trunchbull.


The BFG is a nice giant who befriends a little girl and takes her on adventures whilst keeping her safe from bigger and more dangerous giants. This is another book which is great to read with your children.


I hope that you enjoyed reading this lens and if you had never heard of this book or the author before I hope I have left you with a positive impression of both.

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      6 years ago

      the twits are funny because they are sill to each. and they do be mean to each selves

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      6 years ago

      The Twits are funny because Mrs Twit put the worms in Mr Twits spagheti. and he ate them all up and he thought it was a bit bitter. that was the end of my story

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      6 years ago

      I love all the Roald Dahl books, I don't think I could pick a favourite but the Twits comes high on the list

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      LeckyT LM 

      6 years ago

      Of all his books, this is the one that my kids come back to the most; not a personal favorite, I preferred Penelope Lively's 'The Voyage of QV66' or Roald Dahl's own 'Danny, Champion of the World' when I was growing up. Each to their own!

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      6 years ago

      I love The Twits! And every other Roald Dahl book for all that matters. I read them all :) Thanks for reviving some fond memories.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens! I love Roald Dahl, so I'll have to check this book out.

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      JeanJohnson LM 

      7 years ago

      I haven't yet read this book but we have several other books by this author, I will need to get this one, it sounds like a good read.

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      7 years ago

      Enjoyable Squidoo. Really love reading other thoughts abroad. Chris

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      nickupton lm 

      8 years ago

      @Laddoo LM: Thank you very much.

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      Lloyd Pinto 

      8 years ago from Mumbai

      a lovely review! Blessed by a Squid Angel and featured on my Spreading the Angel Dust Lens

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      8 years ago

      thanks for the info i like roald dahl too

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      9 years ago

      Quentin Blake did such a fantastic job with those illustrations! I absolutely love them! :) Here's something else you can add to your page - - it shows Roald Dahl's own favourite books when he was a boy. He's got a good list of reads there for kids, esp younger boys.

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      9 years ago

      I have a "books for boys" lens and also show off some Roald Dahl books. My oldest son loved his writing and I remember him reading some of the funny parts from "The Twits" to me. I am lensrolling this one to it!


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