The Enormous Crocodile (Dahl Fiction) Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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About the Author
Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. His books continue to be bestsellers, despite his death in 1990, and worldwide sales are over 100 million! Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children's illustrators and it's impossible now to think of Roald Dahl's writings without imagining Quentin Blake's illustrations.
Quentin Blake is one of Britain's most successful illustrators. His first drawings were published in Punch when he was sixteen. He has illustrated nearly three hundred books and he was Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator. He has won many awards including the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Besides being an illustrator he taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art and in 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate! Six years later he was awarded a CBE for services to children's literature and in 2013 he was knighted in the New Year's Honours - which means his full title is Sir Quentin Blake, although we can still all go on calling him Quentin as usual.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are cheaper / older editions of the story available I would have gone for these if the set I already own didn't match this edition. The paper in the book was thicker and glossier than in a standard novel which was a pleasant surprise (and relief) and the illustrations throughout were great. It is a great introduction to a novel type book but more durable in young hands. If it wasn't for the other factors involved in my purchase I would have bought a larger edition with the crocodile across the front horizontally. Just like it was when I read it as a child because think the illustrations look better in the bigger book - from memory anyway.
There is quite a lot of text per page,, so beginner readers will struggle, as will young toddlers listening. But there are illustrations on every page.
It's a great story - the Enormous Crocodile is determined, through "secret plans and clever tricks" to secure a tasty dinner of little boys and girls. We just loved his ideas - disguising himself as a coconut tree, a seesaw, a bench, etc. Very nicely conveyed in the pictures.
Some friendly (and some famiiar) animals help to save the children, and bring about a great ending that (while a little gruesome for some) my boy was tickled by.
Typical wicked Dahl humour, and a nice lead-in to his longer books. If you've read The Twits with your child, there will be a couple of characters they recognise.
Needs to be read to the right age listener, but is bound to go down well.
The next part introduces the characters (boring for kids).
The next part shows the crocodiles plans/tricks and how they are defeated (this was good at first but goes on too long)
The last part is the payback (which was the best part of the book).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was perfect for my Ronald Dahl mad 5 year old! Lovely colour illustrations.Published 7 months ago by Organic Dad