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The Enormous Crocodile [Paperback]

Roald Dahl
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Sept. 8 2009
The Enormous Crocodile is a horrid greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. But the other animals have had enough of his cunning tricks, so they scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all!

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Roald Dahl was born in 1916 in Wales of Norwegian parents. He was educated in England before starting work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. He began writing after a 'monumental bash on the head', sustained as an RAF pilot during WW2. Roald Dahl is one of the most successful and well-known of all children's writers. His books include The Giraffe, The Pelly, and Me, The BFG and James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl died in 1990 at the age of seventy-four. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Grand kids will love it July 31 2013
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The illustrations are excellent and the stories fun albiet a bit scary. I think our grand kids will love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teaches a great lesson Nov. 15 2008
The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl is about an enormous crocodile that decides that he wants to eat children today. This is an extremely short novel, which children will enjoy because of the sentences and events that are repeated over and over again. The Enormous Crocodile teaches a great lesson: bad things will happen to those with bad intentions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer pleasure for all ages! June 22 2004
I dare you to pick up this book in a book store, read the first page to your child and then tell him you're not going to buy it. You'll never get away with it. Roald Dahl excels at writing stories that grip the reader in the first paragraph and don't let go until the end. If you can't get your child to read, let Roald Dahl come to the rescue. Even if you have to read it yourself, your kid will want to read it afterwards. This is a great Roald Dahl starter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crocodile Review May 6 2004
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The Enormous Crocodile is a fun story with animals of all sorts. The Enormous Crocodile plans to get children, but the plans fail because of the animals. It is like a fun mystery. And the story has so much suspense. There is an elephant, a Roly Poly bird, a monkey and a hippo named Humpy Rumpy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Funny Book with Silly Tricks Aug. 25 2003
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I just finished The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl. The story is about an Enormous Crocodile who goes through a jungle to a city, so he can eat children. I thought it was funny because the EC did some pretty silly tricks like when he pretended to be a see-saw. What I liked best about it was that the EC's friends warned the children or the town before the EC could hurt them. I thought this was a nice thing to do. The Enormous Crocodle is a good book to read. I would especially recommend it as a family read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enormously Fun April 30 2003
The Enormous Crocodile, written by the late great Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, is the story of a large crocodile who wants to eat a child for lunch. During his trip to find a juicy child the crocodile tells the other animals he meets up with, "I have secret plans and clever tricks." Each animal later helps to foil the crocodile's lunch plans. The various illustrations of the crocodile trying to carry out his mission are sheer hilarity. In one illustration the crocodile pretends to be one of the wooden animals on a merry-go-round during a carnival. In another the crocodile pretends to be a seesaw on a playground. The crocodile's comeuppance at the end of the story completes a wickedly funny tour de force. Roald Dahl's writing is delicious and full of playful rhymes ("The sort of things that I am going to eat have fingers, toe-nails, arms and legs and feet!") which only add to the fun. The Enormous Crocodile is enormously entertaining
Preston McClear,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved it Feb. 11 2003
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I had this book when I was a child, I always loved the antics of the crocidile and the desperation. I would sit and re-read this story over and over. The pictures are just wonderful the story easy for any child. It was always a fresh story each time I read it.
I lost the book long ago when I was growing and now have ordered it so that I may read it to my kids. IT IS A FUN READ.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Enormous Crocodile April 24 2002
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Every time the crocodile tried to eat the children, other animals came in to help the kids get away. I thought this was a little funny. My favorite part was when Roly-Poly bird was trying to get away, all of his feathers came flying out! I think kids will like this book.
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