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The Enormous Crocodile (Dahl Fiction) Paperback – 4 Jul 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141346477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141346472
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Jemi on 14 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this as a child and wanted to introduce a little one to Roald Dahl so bought an excellent value box set of 15 as a Christmas present from The Book People. It did not include this title which is one of my favourites and also I want sure if the books were suitable for a 4 year old. I purchased this as a taster. It was very well received and I was asked for all the titles shown in the back cover.

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.
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By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2015
Format: Paperback
I loved sharing this with my son, aged 4. We've watched the Dave Benson-Phillips narrated DVD, so he knew the story, but this unabridged version takes longer to read (though we managed in one bedtime).

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.
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By Frances Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2014
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My children adored this book, and I bought this edition for my small grandson. However, it is much too small for a little chlld to look at properly, so I have sent it back and ordered the larer size; very little price difference, and really worth getting the bigger edition. This one doesn't do proper justice to the marvellous illustrations.
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The first page is good.
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).
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Fun book for 2 to 4 year olds but my 5 1/2 year old thought it a bit 'rubbish' having just read Charlie and the Chocolate factory I will put it in my 2 year old book rack. This is not his best but ok for little ones as a bed time story.
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A great book. I purchased this for my 7 year old grandson to read himself. He thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the coloured illustrations.
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was a present and have not seen the family to find outthe little lad's reaction, I am sure it will be more than 'good'
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By Em on 30 April 2015
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I don't really need to review this book- any book written by the fantastic Roald Dahl is simply wonderful :-)
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