THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE by Roald Dahl

THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

I'm going to fill my hungry empty tummy/ With something yummy yummy yummy yummy!, So boasts the Enormous Crocodile, setting out in search of juicy little children to eat. But the crocodile makes the mistake of announcing his "secret plans and clever tricks" to Humpy-Rumpy the Hippopotamus, Trunky the Elephant, Muggle-Wump the Monkey, and the Roly-Poly Bird--all of whom denounce him as "a horrid, greedy, grumptious brute," "a foul and filthy fiend," and the like. And so, each time that the Enormous Crocodile seems about to succeed with his scheme, one of the other animals bursts in and warns the children away. It's an uninspired plot, right up to the typically Dahl retribution--Trunky sends the croc flying through the air until he crashes into the hot hot sun and is "sizzled up like a sausage." It's also played out with typical Dahl gusto, which Blake makes a good show of enjoying--his crocodile's clever disguises are devilish fun. In all, a basic, teeth-baring rendition of the old yum-yum-squish-crunch number.
Pub Date: Nov. 20th, 1979
ISBN: 0142414530
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1979




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