by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)
3 out of 5 stars
Mr. and Mrs. Twit are horrible people. They play nasty tricks and kill birds and keep circus monkeys locked in a cage. But one day the monkeys and the birds team up to get their revenge on the evil Twits.
This has never been my favorite Roald Dahl book. The story is very short and simple, and I think I prefer his longer books with a more structured story. But this is a cute one, and it has that sparky Dahl flavor. I do like the funny illustrations!
There is one page that talks about what makes people ugly. It is one of my favorite paragraphs in all of his works. He says that people with ugly thoughts go on getting uglier and uglier, and people with beautiful thoughts can never look ugly. Even if they have a wonky nose and crooked teeth, their beautiful thoughts will shine through on their faces making them look beautiful and pleasant. I have found this to be very true in real life! I love the quiet wisdom in Dahl’s books.