Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Alex's pick of the week : The Twits

This book is by my most favourite children's author ever, Roald Dahl.  I got so much enjoyment from his books when I was growing up (particularly this one), I'm so keen to pass this on to Alex!

I think its important to introduce the concept of putting bookmarks in books and not being overwhelmed by them...  that its okay to pick up a book, even if it looks too big to read, because you can always read a little and come back later  :)

The Twits is one of those books - we've read it before (about 6 months ago) and he really enjoyed it - we probably read it over 3 or 4 nights.  I came across it yesterday when I was cleaning up and thought it was high time we revisited.

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The Twits is a story about a horrible husband and wife team, Mr & Mrs Twit, who are mean and nasty (until the animals they mistreat turn the tables on them and they get their just desserts).  There are lots of interesting messages for little kids - one I particularly like is that Mrs Twit wasn't always an ugly person, but she thought ugly thoughts year after year, and eventually that made her an ugly person, inside and out.

My favourite quote from this book:

"A person who thinks good thoughts can never 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".

Isn't that a nice to message to share with your kids?   I think so :)  What are you reading this week?  I'd love to hear.

I'm linking this post up to Felafel and The Bee's On Our Shelves Sunday post for this week.

Bye for now :)

1 comment:

  1. Love this! And I love reading chapter books with my kids too. It's something to look forward to each night.