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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
Published by The Penguin Group, 2000
ISBN 0-14-131152-5
Illustrations © Quentin Blake, 1978

This is an enchanting tale of the nasty crocodile and his many and varied plots to eat children. He is an enormous crocodile with an enormous appetite. He is the largest in the river and loves to boast to the other animals of his terrible plan. “I’m off to find a yummy child for lunch, keep listening and you’ll hear the bones go crunch.”

The other animals are tired of him and they make sure that his cunning plans don’t go the way he wishes them to, resulting in the elephant finally whizzing him with his trunk into the hot, hot sun where he is sizzled like a sausage.

Told in typical Roald Dahl fashion, children will be fascinated by the ghastly schemes the crocodile thinks of to trap his prey.

The story is greatly enhanced by beautiful colour illustrations that in some cases provide double page backgrounds to the text.

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