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The Enormous Crocodile [Hardcover]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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24 Aug 1978
The enormous crocodile wants to eat a nice juicy child for lunch today and decides to leave the river to find one. This title was Roald Dahl's first ever collaboration with Quentin Blake.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition 2nd Impression edition (24 Aug 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224015796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224015790
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roald Dahl's first ever collaboration with Quentin Blake features a very hungry crocodile who's outwitted by the other animals in the jungle

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The Enormous Crocodile boasts that he is going to eat a child for lunch and he sets out to trick all the children in his attempts for food. But his plots and disguises are foiled by the animals in the jungle – especially by Trunky, the elephant.

A crunchingly golloping tale for age 5+.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Enormous Crocodile 4 Jun 2008
The Enormous Crocodile is a hilarious and humorous story for children to read. The story is about a mean crocodile with `secret plans and clever tricks' to eat the children in the village. He disguises himself as many different things to trick the children but he does not succeed. He thinks he is really intelligent but the jungle animals have `secret plans and clever tricks' of their own.

We liked the ending of the story the most, because it was sudden and unexpected. If you read this story you will find why. We also liked when the other animals decided that they had plans of their own.

Although, we did think that Roald could have made this book a bit more exciting by having more surprises and mysteries.

We think that this book would good for ages 5 - 11. This is great book for adults to read to younger children. We think that people who enjoy humorous stories, fiction stories and plots will enjoys this book.

We would give this book 5 stars.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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We borrowed this one first time round from a friend. My then three year old listened in horror and amazement at the ghastly Dahlish crocodile's determination to devour a child. Sadly the croc never has his main course, only his just deserts!
Second time round, a whole year later he rediscovered the book and we read it together with a two year old: as we reached the last page, my son yelled out the final words with such joy and relish that I decided to buy it for him for Christmas.....meanwhile we have made several excursions to the local library at his insistence to hunt for this book.
The pictures are delightful, and little ones love to point out the croc in all his various diguises as he attempts to sneak up on the unwary.
Definitely a must for a parent or grandparent of a child 2-5 years who likes to snuggle up on your lap with a good book.
In Summary, probably the best book I have read with my child to date.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading of a fantastic story. 14 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Stephen Fry has one of those voices that makes you want to listen. This reading of Roald Dahl's wonderful Enormous Crocodile is brilliant. Fry brings the characters to life.
The enormous crocodile himself has a delicious nastiness which almost makes you wish he succeeds in eating the children and the small crocodile has authentic incredulity at his larger associate's prediliction for crunchy little boys.
But most of all... my little 3 year old boy loves listening to it over and over and over!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book! 3 July 2008
the story is about a crocodile who is nasty and cunning.He wants to eat juicy children and he wants to get them by his secret plans and clever tricks.But does he get the children?find out by reading this book.At the end the elephant swings him round and round to the sun to teach him a lesson!

this book is captivating.It has lovely illustaion by quentin blake.I like it because it it is an adventurous book.This book is hilarious!My favourite character was the nasty crocodile.Do yo think the crocodile learnt his lesson at the end?You know what to do find out in this book.
I give this book 10/10
by farah 3H (age 8)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Enormous Crocodile 2 July 2008
By Miss A
This story is about sneaky crocodile that wants to eat some lovely juicy children. The enormous crocodile has secret plans and clever tricks. He tells the aminals that he is going to eat some lovely children. The animals try to ruin his wicked schemes and teach him a lesson that he will never forget!
This book was amazing.
Hasnain 3J
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 1 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yet another nephew infected by the Roahl Dahl bug. What can I say other than marvelous and magical and compulsory read in my book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Enormouse Cocodile 10 Aug 2013
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A very good story line and not too long. My granddaughter enjoyed it very much. I have no problem recommending this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant 9 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my (only just) 3-year-old and he loves it. It takes me about 15-20 minutes to read aloud so is quite long by the standards of his previous books (i.e. MUCH longer than most things by Julia Donaldson, Fairy Tales for Little Children (Usborne Picture Storybooks), I Really Want to Eat a Child but not that much longer than Dr Seuss - The Lorax) and I wasn't sure we'd get to the end of it when it arrived. It turns out it's exciting/gruesome enough to hold his interest and, as he seems to have memorised large chunks of it, we're moving on to The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.
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This version is a good size for children. Excellent story, humorous for adult reader, scary fun for child; well illustrated.
Published 1 month ago by elizabeth parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY it
Obviously Dahl is a genius. My kids (4 & 7) love this and it is a pleasure to read it. The text and Quentin Blake's illustrations make a perfect combination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kids LOVE it
I bought this copy for my grandchildren, my kids always loved Roald Dahl books, they have that naughty and slightly shocking edge and I always found them a pleasure to read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by N. M. Rumble
5.0 out of 5 stars Resounding sucess!
I bought this for two boys, one 3 and the other 4 , both from very different family backgrounds. They both loved it and one of them at the age of 5 still listens to it every night... Read more
Published 3 months ago by walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Fabulous story. Read this to a group of children and they love it. The characters had them enthralled as did the antics of the crocodile.
Published 4 months ago by M. Dewar
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Dahl - great!
My son read this book at school and begged me to buy it so he had his own copy. A must for children (and adults) that enjoy animal stories and Dahl's unique story-telling makes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs D Birkenshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Ronald Dahl at his best
Great book. My four year old niece loves the story. There's colour, peril , animals and best of all ( and unlike most kids books) the crocodile meets a nasty end. Brilliant story
Published 5 months ago by V. Maxted
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
Bought this as a Christmas present, you cannot go wrong with a Roald Dahl Tale, a book that can be read time and again.
Published 6 months ago by sharon elliott
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