The Twits

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Information on identifying editions is from Richard Walker’s “Roald Dahl – A Guide to Collecting His First Editions”.

  • First editions:
    • Jonathan Cape, 1980, UK.
      • To identify: Used a standard single statement (‘First published’ followed by the date with no later printings listed underneath) and published with a dust jacket priced at £3.50.
    • Knopf, 1981, USA.
      • To identify: Used a number line and published with a dust jacket priced at $6.95.
  • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
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Important note: From 2022 onwards, Puffin has edited selected Dahl books to remove sensitive language and insert new sentences not written by Dahl. If you would prefer to read the original text, ensure you get a copy published before 2022 or one of the “Classic Collection” published by Penguin.


How do you outwit a Twit?

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, 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.



Criticism and Analysis

Fun Stuff

The Twits Quiz



Teacher Ideas


Penguin Readers Covers

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. Simplified story texts are combined with beautiful original illustrations for students aged 7 and above.

Afrikaans Covers – Die Twakke

Bulgarian Covers – Семейство Тъпашки

Catalan Covers – Els culdolla

Chinese Covers – 壞心的夫妻消失了

Czech Covers – Prevítovi

Dutch Covers – De Griezels

Estonian Covers – Tohlamid

Finnish Covers – Nilviöt

French Covers – Les deux gredins

German Covers – Die Zwicks stehen kopf

Greek Covers – ΟΙ ΒΛΑΚΕΝΤΙΟΙ

Indonesian Covers

Italian Covers – Gli Sporcelli

Japanese Covers – アッホ夫婦

Korean Covers – 멍청씨 부부 이야기

Lithuanian Covers – Kvankos

Norwegian Covers – Dustene

Persian Covers – خانواده آقای ابله

Polish Covers – Fleje

Portuguese Covers – Os Tontos

Russian Covers – Свинтусы

Scots Covers – The Eejits

Slovakian Covers – Hastrošovci

Slovenian Covers – Gravža

Spanish Covers – Los cretinos

Swedish Covers – Herr och fru Slusk

Thai Covers – ฅนซื่อบื้อ

Turkish Covers – Los cretinos

Vietnamese Covers – Vợ Chồng Lão Twit

Welsh Covers – Y Twits