Monday, May 29, 2006

 

Books 26 and 27: The Twits and The Magic Finger



Greeting from Wildwood, NJ. It's pretty wild down here. So, sitting in the lobby of the "Bates Motel" project house I just read two books. I love Roald Dahl. His books are hilarious. I enjoyed Matilda and The Witches as a small girl, and even more so I enjoyed his short stories that are more for adults; not in that there are lewd or anything, but they are not for children. So tonight I read "The Twits" and "The Magic Finger."

Both of these were short and cute and kind of crazy, in typical Roald Dahl style. The first, "The Twits", is about an old nasty couple, Mr. and Mrs. Twit. Mr. Twit has a big hairy face that he never washes, so that he has all kinds of old food and junk in his bristly beard. Mrs. Twit is a yucky old crone who hits cute animals and small children with her cane. They are wretched and play cruel jokes on each other. They are taught a lesson by their four pet monkeys, with the help of some local birds.

"The Magic Finger" tells the story of a little girl who is eight. Her friends are William and Philip Gregg and they like to hunt with their father. This aggravates the little girl so much so that her magic finger is activated. This once turned a mean school teacher into a cat. This time the Gregg family are turned into ducks and ducks take over their house. They learn, after several difficult incidents, not to hunt anymore. And the magic finger is satisfied.

Comments:
Hooray for Dahl! I really loved his books as a child, too. :)

I've been told by my good old pal, Jeannette, to talk to you about Freiburg (I'm helping with the project in 11 days!!!). Please don't kill me. ;)

Anyhow, do you have any hotspots I should check out while I'm there?

Also... tell Kim Riley I (Katie) said hello and I miss her! :)
 
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