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The Enormous Crocodile Paperback – September 3, 2009

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 0410 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (September 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142414530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142414538
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Dahl's "The Enormous Crocdile" is a favourite of our 3.5 and 6.5 year olds, but it is the whimsical dead-on illustrations of Quentin Blake that make this edition outstanding.

The story follows the course of an enormous crocodile who wants to eat a little child for lunch, and leaves his muddy river to do so. On his way he encounters a hippopotamus, a monkey, a bird of paradise, and finally an elephant who all are horrified by his "plans and clever tricks" that he has in mind to eat up several juicy children.

The crocodile makes his way to a town, and deploys his methods, some of which are indeed clever. It is here where Quentin Blake's strengths come in, as the disguises are both simultaneously all-crocodile, and all disguise: only an outstanding artist like Blake could have pulled it off. My children squealed with delight.

Of course, Dahl's sense of humour is of times a bit dark, but make no mistake, the crocodile gets his just deserts even though there are thrills a-plenty on the way.

Delightful, but probably best saved until a child is over three years old and recognizes the fun and whimsy implied in the enormous crocodile's horrid mission.
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A Kid's Review on June 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Did you know that a crocodile could be turned into a sausage? This book, "The Enormous Crocodile" is excellent because it showed many unusual disguises that the crocodile had. I think there was a lot of action and adventure like when the Enormous Crocodile wanted to disguise himself as an animal on the carrousel. The Enormous Crocodile was always trying to get closer to children to eat them. You will never guess who stepped in his way. I didn't realize just how brave some jungle animals really are. When you see the sun shinning extra brightly you know the crocodile sausage is still cooking. I learned that I will never get to close to a crocodile or I might be his dinner.
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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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This was one of my favorite books as a young child. Reading it now, I realize that it is pretty violent and scary. But of course it is! It's a Roald Dahl book about a hungry crocodile! It's silly and exciting. Recommended for kids of all ages, unless you're afraid of a little adventure!
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The Enormous Crocodile decides he'd like a juicy little child for lunch; and his animal friends are horrified. Nonetheless he proceeds on his plans of trickery and deception, eventually bagging just what he deserves. Kids will want parental assistance or good reading skills to enjoy Enormous Crocodile, a zany, fun story of a crocodile's evil plans.
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A Kid's Review on May 6, 2004
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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This book is superb! It has shocking but benign language which children really enjoy. The outcome is great in that the villian gets his due in a fun and frivilous manner which is also shocking! The pen strokes of a true literary genius are evident and very enjoyable!
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