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The Enormous Crocodile Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 76 user ratings
ISBN:0142302457
LANGUAGE:English

"I'm on a Dahl kick right now . . . so much that I looked into the bibliography to determine what books of his I have yet to read. This one popped up. I noticed the school library had it so checked it out and read it during my lunch break. It is a silly story aimed at younger school children in K-2.

I rather enjoyed it. It reminded me of The roadrunner and coyote in that the enormous crocodile had very good plans but failed each time due to others disturbing the plan. Frankly, the lesson of the story, which was never delivered, should have been not to blab your plans to others. Had the enormous crocodile remained silent, he would have been able to gobble up many children to crunch on for lunch!

What fun! I can hear the shrieks of joy of children when this is read aloud to them. Dahl had my sense of humor and it is shines in this book. Quentin Blake's images are wonderful, as usual. Full color and lots of them, this book is well-crafted for the young audience.

Bravo!
" said.

"I read most of Dahl's books for kids when I was the right age for them and loved them. I was sure I had never read this one and I was excited to find it, since I'm impatient to share the ones I've read with my son. He's only 4 though.

The illustrations are wonderful, very bright and very dynamic. The story is quite long, but it's full of wonderful repetition that toddlers and young readers love. Different characters get to say the basically the same things, so I got to practice different character voices. Fun!

The Enormous Crocodile loves to eat juicy children and shares his plans to get himself some with various animals along his way toward the village saying he has "secret plans and clever tricks" in order to accomplish his goal. But the animals all thing he's horrible and vile and they foil his plans at every turn.

My son liked the villain (the Enormous Crocodile) the best though, so he was a little upset at the ending in which the Croc gets "taken care of". Otherwise he adored it and has wanted to read it over and over again.

First read 2014
" said.

"Wickedly funny!

The Enormous Crocodile is hungry. He decides to eat a nice juicy child for lunch. So the wicked croc sets out to find some children to eat. On the way to the other side of the jungle, where the humans live, the Enormous Crocodile bumps into a number of animals who live in the jungle.

He meets Trunky the Elephant, Humpy-Rumpy the Hippo, Muggle-Wump the Monkey and Roly-Poly Bird. To each of them, he reveals his "clever" plans to catch the juicy children. Each one tries to stop the nasty croc, but the Enormous Crocodile slips away.

Finally, the crocodile reaches his destination and plays out his "clever" plan. As the children approach the "croc-in-hiding", the animals decide to stop him before it's too late! But can these animals thwart the villainous croc's plans before it's too late?

Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile is witty and well paced. Written in a conversation style, this book makes for a great read aloud. This hilarious tale of a silly and nasty crocodile is an instant child pleaser :) Quentin Blake's pen and ink watercolor illustrations add to the dark humor. We loved looking forward to the croc's next trick and how it would be foiled!

And as for the end.. well, what could you expect from a "Roald Dahl" book! ;)
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"Una historia cortita y tierna sobre un cocodrilo enorme que anda en busca de niños que poder comerse. El enorme cocodrilo tiene pensado utilizar trucos para engañar a los niños pero no cuenta que su costumbre de presumir sobre sus planes no le permitirá llevarlos a cabo.

Una de las primeras cosas que me llamó la atención es lo descriptivo de la historia. En los libros para niños, sobre todo para los más pequeños, se suele escapar de cualquier rasgo de violencia o que pueda causar miedo. Sin embargo en esta historia, el cocodrilo describe sin pudor el sonido que harán los huesos de los niños al comerlos. No es que sea una historia gore pero sí que es cierto que Dahl consigue mantener esa sensación de peligro (al fin y al cabo el cocodrilo está intentando comerse a unos niños) sin llegar a aterrorizar o asustar a los lectores. Los dibujos tan coloridos de Blake ayudan también a aligerar el tono de la historia.

Otra de las cosas que me sorprendió fue que esta historia es mucho más simple que las historias más famosas del autor. Se trata de un libro pensado para un público más pequeño, tal vez que está aprendiendo a leer, y se nota. Personalmente, creo que este libro sería ideal para leer en voz alta, en una clase o antes de dormir: es cortito, entretenido y todo el lenguaje onomatopéyico tiene que dar mucho juego cuando se lee en alto.
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"The Enormous Crocodile, Roald Dahl
The Enormous Crocodile is a story about a nasty greedy crocodile who wants to eat little juicy children for lunch. The story takes us through the crocodile’s travels to find his lunch.
The enormous crocodile leaves his muddy river to go in search of little juicy children. During his travels out of the jungle he meets several jungle animals such as a hippopotamus, an elephant, a monkey and a bird. The enormous crocodile tells the animals of his plans to find little children to eat for lunch. The animals did not like the crocodile’s plans and told him he was a mean nasty crocodile. But the enormous crocodile did not care what the other animals thought; all he wanted was little children for lunch.
When the crocodile reached the town where the little children were, he devised a number of plans to be able to get close to the children to gobble them up. But just as the crocodile thought his plans were working and the children were coming closer, one of the jungle animals would jump out and warn the children.
During his final plan the elephant appeared to warn the children, he grabbed the crocodile and began to swing him round and round, faster and faster and flung him high into the sky and into the sun. That was the end of the mean nasty crocodile.
I liked this story; it is a good story for children as they can learn the difference between good and bad. I would recommend this story for children between the ages of 6 and 7. It could be used in the classroom for independent reading.
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"“The Enormous Crocodile” is another popular children’s book from the creative mind of Roald Dahl. Quentin Blake’s illustrations are also appreciated in this adaptation of how a crocodile’s plans to eat children leads to the follies of his ways.

Roald Dahl does an excellent job at creating a storyline that is both dramatic and humorous at the same time as the Enormous Crocodile tries to feed on some innocent children, while at the same time, the other animals of the jungle foil the crocodile’s attempts to make a child his lunch. Roald Dahl has put many humorous scenes in this book such as, the scene where Humpy-Rumpy head butts the Enormous Crocodile when the crocodile was trying to eat Toto and Mary and the crocodile rolls around the coconut area like a large green ball. Quentin Blake’s illustrations greatly enhances the book’s intensity and humor as he illustrates the Enormous Crocodile as a large green lizard with hundreds of sharp teeth, indicating that he is truly the villain of the story. Also, Quentin Blake’s illustrations provide humor in the story when he vividly illustrates the various disguises of the Enormous Crocodile such as, the image where the Enormous Crocodile makes himself look like a coconut tree by standing on his tail and carrying coconuts and branches in his mouth.

“The Enormous Crocodile” is a fantastic story about how being cruel to everyone around you can cause your downfall and how help can come in an unexpected way, such as the other animals saving the children even though the children had no idea what was going on. This story is a typical Roald Dahl classic that contains wry humor and fantasy elements and will greatly amuse children ages six and over who love Roald Dahl stories. Of course, parents should read this book first before they give it to their children due to the theme of the crocodile trying to eat innocent children and should assure their children that the crocodile may be a cruel animal, but this book strongly shows that evil will never triumph over good.

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" said.

" A good book, but sadly lacking in that "special something" Dahl's books tend to have. Not the best of his work but I would recommend it for younger children all the same. " said.

" Illustrations help with the story, beyond about second grade most kids will be consider it babyish. " said.

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