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The Enormous Crocodile Paperback – September 3, 2009
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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.
?The author's most dazzling entertainment to date.? -"Publishers Weekly"
"The author's most dazzling entertainment to date." -"Publishers Weekly"
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Roald Dahl still delights after all these years. First my daughter devoured everything he wrote and mourned his passing when she was just 11, but now a new generation is enchanted... Read morePublished 1 month ago by writergrl
Arrived in excellent condition, brand new! Make sure you read the measurements! It was much larger than I thought it would be, more like a little children's book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NikkiR
This book was morbid! It would have given the kids nightmares! Good grief! What has become of children's literature? I returned it and bought books about Lyle the crocodile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by renee harris
Story and illustrations were as I remembered them from a previous book I had years ago, but I was a little disappointed with the durability of the book itself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Betty L. Bauer
So so funny. Thus has been a read aloud in my classrooms from 2nd to 7th! They all love it!Published 12 months ago by Terry J Graff