The Enormous Crocodile

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The Enormous Crocodile decides that he wants a nice juicy child for lunch, horrifying the other animals in the jungle—his friend, the Notsobig One; Humpy-Rumpy, the hippopotamus; Trunky, the elephant; Muggle-Wump, the monkey; and the Roly-Poly Bird. Despite his secret plans and clever tricks, what the boastful crocodile doesn't know is that the brave jungle animals have plans...
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Overview

The Enormous Crocodile decides that he wants a nice juicy child for lunch, horrifying the other animals in the jungle—his friend, the Notsobig One; Humpy-Rumpy, the hippopotamus; Trunky, the elephant; Muggle-Wump, the monkey; and the Roly-Poly Bird. Despite his secret plans and clever tricks, what the boastful crocodile doesn't know is that the brave jungle animals have plans of their own for him!

In the end, the Enormous Crocodile gets exactly what he deserves.

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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This is the story of Enormous Crocodile who is incredibly hungry and incredibly greedy. He tells his friend Notsobig Crocodile, "For my lunch today I would like a nice juicy little child." Then he goes about using "secret plans and clever tricks" to find a child to eat. But the Notsobig One tells him, "You've never done anything clever in your life! You're the stupidest croc on the whole river!" which lets young listeners know right away that this is going to be a silly story, with just enough scariness to make it fun. The Enormous Crocodile encounters other animals in the jungle that, one by one, foil his plans to find a yummy child and eventually teach him a lesson he won't soon forget. Quentin Blake's clever illustrations are a perfect match for Dahl's lyrical text as Enormous Crocodile tries to get close to a child by posing as a coconut tree, a seesaw, and an animal ride on the merry-go-round, among other not-so-clever disguises. 2003 (orig. 1978), Puffin Books,
— Suzanne Lieurance
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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.
—Childrens Book Watch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140503425
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 0.10 (w) x 0.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl wrote more than a dozen children's books, beginning in 1961 with     James and the Giant Peach.

Quentin Blake's other collaborations with Roald Dahl include Revolting Rhymes and The Twits. He was recently selected as the first UK Children's Laureate.

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

Good To Know

When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2007

    A Good Story

    The Enormous Crocodile is a good story for children for several reasons. It is not long, it doesn't have boring fillers, and it is entertaining. The story tells of a hungry, greedy crocodile who wants to eat children, but the other animals decide it isn't right, and they stop the mean crocodile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Enormous Crocodile

    I think this book is a great book. It is a quick book and lots of pictures. Most kids the ages 5-10 would like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Enormous Crocodile

    I think this book is a great book. It is a quick book and lots of pictures. Most kids the ages 5-10 would like it. When I read it I thought it was easy but I only needed a few more points for A.R. This book has a great leason in it.ENJOY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    Excellent

    This book was excellent because the crocodile was really big and one of his tricks was really smart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2009

    The Enormas Crocodile is Choppalices!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    Absolutely Marvelous

    I bought this book for my eldest daughter when she was three, and it was an immediate success. She is now six and reads it to her three-year-old sister, so now I've two small people quoting the book to me. You might also attempt to find the audio recording made of the book, as read by Roald Dahl - he had a lovely reading voice.

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