Published in 1978
The Enormous Crocodile was first published in 1978. It was the first of Roald Dahl's stories to be illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Crocodiles are such greedy creatures - and their favourite lunchtime snack happens to be a juicy child or two! The Enormous Crocodile isn't as smart as he thinks though, so he had better watch out...
As a young man, Roald Dahl lived in Africa. Not only did he have to avoid hungry crocodiles, but also marauding monkeys and deadly snakes. These experiences remained with him, and he remembered them when he came to write The Enormous Crocodile many years later.
The Enormous Crocodile was first published in 1978. It was the first book Roald wrote for younger children, and it was also the first of his stories to be illustrated by Quentin Blake - marking the beginning of a now legendary partnership.
The Enormous Crocodile grinned, showing hundreds of sharp white teeth. "For my lunch today," he said, "I would like a nice juicy little child."
One of the crocodiles was enormous. The other was not so big... "I never eat children," the Notsobig One said. "Only fish."
A gigantic creature was standing in the slimy oozy mud on the river-bank. It was Humpy-Rumpy, the Hippopotamus.
Trunky was nibbling leaves from the top of a tall tree, and he didn't notice the Crocodile at first. So the Crocodile bit him on the leg.
Muggle-Wump is most at home eating nuts in the African jungle he lives in - but he also falls foul of the horrible Twits...
I’m going to fill my hungry empty tummy with something yummy yummy yummy yummy...
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Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile.