The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
Published By: Puffin Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 1993
Genres: Children, Fiction
Date Read: March 23rd, 2017
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From Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
The Enormous Crocodile is incredibly hungry—and incredibly greedy. His favourite meal is a plump, juicy little child, and he intends to gobble up as many of them as he can! His is sure that his “secret plans and clever tricks” cannot be foiled. But when the other animals in the jungle join together to put an end to his wicked schemes, the Enormous Crocodile learns a lesson he won’t soon forget.
I have read three other Roald Dahl book, Matilda, The Twits and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and I am planning on reading a lot more, as I want to have read all of the author’s books. Somehow I find this the right time for some of Roald Dahl’s stories. Also, I have some catching up to do since I missed out on them when I was a child.
This book appears to be aimed at a slightly younger age group than his other bestselling stories. It’s fairly short at forty-eight pages and the story arc is rather simplistic. The Enormous Crocodile is on a mission to find some children to munch. He tells all of his jungle friends his plans and they think he’s an awful crocodile so they’re constantly thwarting his plans of munching. The Enormous Crocodile gets more and more frustrated as he gets more and more hungry.
The Crocodile is by far the most dangerous creature in it; even the other crocodiles think him excessive. Each of the creatures the crocodile discomforts, elephant, monkey and bird, intercede to protect the children and thwart this evil intent.
The illustrations are fantastic and really fitted the story perfectly. Quentin Blake always had that special way of drawing that just brought Roald Dahl’s works to life. It’s definitely not my favourite of his that I’ve read so far, but it was still funny and the pictures were enjoyable. All in all, it is a fun book.