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The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl

The Enormous Crocodile (original 1978; edition 2009)

by Roald Dahl (Author)

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Title:The Enormous Crocodile
Authors:Roald Dahl (Author)
Info:Puffin Books (2009), Edition: Reprint, 32 pages
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The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl (1978)


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The Enormous Crocodile is a story about a very large crocodile who is very hungry and very greedy. He plans on eating a delicious, plump child for lunch and sets off through the woods to find some. He devises many plans and tricks to try and catch a child, but each is foiled by another animal he encountered in the jungle. This is a perfect example of a modern fantasy book. The author, Roald Dahl, is known. All of the animals that the reader encounters in the story talk to each other in a human and convincing way. The enormous crocodile is capable of coming up with plans to disguise himself and becomes many everyday objects to try and eat a child. This fantasy book would be a great one to read out loud to a group of students, probably in the third or fourth grade. ( )
  jbohall14 | Feb 10, 2016 |
A short entertaining read. O thought it was quite good and funny. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Ok, but rather written to the Roald Dahl formula, 30 May 2015

This review is from: The Enormous Crocodile (Dahl Fiction) (Paperback)
I've read many Roald dahl books to my children - and latterly grandchild - but this was one I'd not encountered till recently.
Aimed at around 6 or 7 year olds, this is a short, well-illustrated read, telling the tale of the wicked, hungry crocodile, whose 'secret plans and clever tricks' relate to getting hold of a tasty meal:
'The sort of things that
I'm going to eat
Have fingers, toe-nails, arms
and legs and feet'

Plenty of Dahl-type language plus characters from his other books, who foil the crocodile's attempts to diguise himself as a seesaw etc and bag a nice juicy little child for dinner.
My grandson quite enjoyed it; made for an easy entertaining read. I can't say it massively grabbed me; found it a bit forgettable and very similar to Dahl's other work. ( )
  starbox | May 30, 2015 |
My daughter chortled aloud at the end of this one, when the crocodile is finally punished by being thrown into the sun until he sizzles like a great sausage. Roald Dahl is great at not shirking the gory, dark side of kids and kids' humor, and this is a deliciously wicked villain.

Unfortunately, all the main active characters are gendered male (except one bird, which, unlike all the other animals, is ambiguously gendered "it"). The only female characters are the little girls, who like the little boys, are targets for the enormous hungry crocodile. The main flaw in the book.

Quentin Blake's illustrations are nicely ethnically diverse, although one does wonder where is this land in which the crocodiles roam free along with elephants and monkeys but the ethnically diverse children mostly have English names and English entertainments. ( )
  lquilter | Nov 30, 2014 |
The Enormous Crocodile has decided that today he wants a "nice juicy little child" for lunch and he will stop at nothing. Despite the pleading of Notsobig One, the crocodile, Humpy-Rumpy, the hippopotamus, Trunky, the elephant, Muggle-Wump, the monkey, and Roly-Poly, the bird, the Enormous Crocodile is determined to snack on a child. The Enormous Crocodile devices disguises, secret plans, and tricks to catch his prey, but the animals of the jungle are able to stop him from his evilness.
Roald Dahl has always been a favorite author of mine and I grew up reading his stories. This one in particular really captivates Dahl's creativity and imagination. ( )
  SMLawrence | Sep 7, 2014 |
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In the biggest, brownest, muddiest river in Africa, two crocodiles lay with their heads just above the water. One of the crocodiles was enormous. The other was not so big.
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With his "secret plans and clever tricks," the Enormous Crocodile desires to lunch not with but on a nice, juicy child. His croc companion, the Notsobig One, is the first to try to talk him out of his scheme, claiming children are no good to eat. "'Tough and chewy!' cried the Enormous Crocodile. 'Nasty and bitter! What awful tommyrot you talk! They are juicy and yummy!'" One jungle critter after another--from Trunky the elephant to Muggle-Wump the monkey to the Roly-Poly Bird--tries to prevent the Enormous Crocodile from carrying out his dastardly deed, but on he waddles toward the village. Unfortunately for him, the animals have a few secret plans and clever tricks up their furry sleeves, too!

This new storybook format of a fabulous Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake classic is destined to delight a whole new generation of young readers. The first collaborative effort of this picture-perfect creative match, The Enormous Crocodile's uniquely Dahl-esque dialogue and laugh-out-loud illustrations marked the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Some of their other creations include The Magic Finger and The BFG. Dahl is a master at giving readers a delectably sweet taste of vengeance. (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

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The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors.

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Penguin Australia

4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141323752, 0141501766, 0141326840, 0141047917

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