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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.

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer pleasure for all ages! June 22 2004
Format:Paperback
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 Enormously Fun April 30 2003
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars fun book, but the ending falls short Nov. 22 2001
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed "The Enormous Crocodile." It is one heck of a tale. But the abrupt and rather too serious ending leaves me pondering the greatness that could have been.
The story follows the exploits of the tittle character as he sets off one morning to find something to eat. He has a hankering for children from the nearby village. He broadcasts his desire to the other creatures of the jungle as he passes them.
The only problem is that besides being greedy and ill-intentioned, the crocodile is also nasty to his fellow wild creatures. This comes back to haunt him.
The story is a masterpiece of dry humor. Its verbal pacing is darn near flawless. The illustrations are great. Several (especially of the Crocodile's disguises) made me laugh.
Outside of the ending, I highly recommend "The Enormous Crocodile."
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Roald Dahl out-grimm's Grimms' with this tale of a horrid, hoggish brute of a crocodile who connives to eat small, juicy little children. My little one cringed, squealed and cajoled the villian with each new encounter and as he is thwarted in his "secret plans and clever tricks". This book has everything a child relishes: name-calling, suspense, jungle animals, children in peril and a thoroughly loathsome, yet undeniably silly, villian. Dahl has created a dialogue-driven story with vividly over-the-top characters, making this a wonderful read-aloud book! Abundantly illustrated by Quentin Blake's loopy pen-and-ink cartoons with a watercolor wash, this is a wickedly fun package that only gets better with each read and will please kids and adults alike. Beg, borrow, steal, or even BUY this book if it comes down to that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crocodile Review May 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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 Always loved it Feb. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Joe's Review Nov. 12 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I did not like the ending of The Enormous Crocodile. I wanted him to go bakc to the pond instead of crashing into the sun. Please make The Enormous Crocodile better because up until the very last page I wads enjoying the book. The pictures were very good but when I read it, the ending was terrible. That's why I'm sending this review to you. --Joe Waldman, age 6
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