Cover image for The enormous crocodile
Title:
The enormous crocodile
Author:
Dahl, Roald.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Borzoi Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors.
General Note:
"A Borzoi Book."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
410 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 23330.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.6 3 Quiz: 22382 Guided reading level: N.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780375910463

9780375810466
Format :
Book

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The Enormous Crocodile decides that he wants a nice juicy child for lunch, horrifying the other animals in the jungle--his friend, the Notsobig One; Humpy-Rumpy, the hippopotamus; Trunky, the elephant; Muggle-Wump, the monkey; and the Roly-Poly Bird. Despite his secret plans and clever tricks, what the boastful crocodile doesn't know is that the brave jungle animals have plans of their own for him! In the end, the Enormous Crocodile gets exactly what he deserves.


Author Notes

Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946).

Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details.

Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, The BFG was made into a movie in July 2017, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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