The Enormous Crocodile by: Roald Dahl
Source: Public Library (I will probably purchase it soon.)
The Enormous Crocodile is incredibly hungry-and incredibly greedy. His favorite meal is a plump, juicy little child, and he intends to gobble up as many of them as he can! But when the other animals in the jungle join together to put an end to his nasty schemes, the Enormous Crocodile learns a lesson he won’t soon forget. Dahl’s wicked humor is as delightful as ever in this new, larger edition of a hilarious favorite.
I love Roald Dahl. My daughter is three. My favorites are Matilda and The Witches, so I figure that she might be a little too young for those two. I went out seeking something that might not be as scary and traumatic, so I settled on The Enormous Crocodile… without reading it first. The enormous crocodile is INTENT on gobbling up as many as juicy little children as he can get his teeth on! In the usual Roald Dahl spirit it’s a little dark, a little horrifying, and ALL fun.
I thought that The Girl might find this scary or terrifying – but by the end she was delighted and laughed her head off. None of the children got eaten – the enormous crocodile is thwarted by the various jungle animals that he yaps about his plans to gobble up children to. The end of the story climaxes with Trunky the Elephant swinging the Crocodile by his tail and launching him into the sun, where he ‘sizzles up like a sausage.’ I read it, paused, and then she started giggling like a maniac.
My biggest ‘complaint’ about this book is a little long to read in one sitting – but not completely prohibitively so. It’s also a great selection for early readers.
Are there any pictures books that you don’t totally hate, Reader? What about ones that are a little bit dark?