The Enormous Crocodile

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The Enormous Crocodile
The Enormous Crocodile first edition.jpg
First edition
Author Roald Dahl
Illustrator Quentin Blake
Cover artist Quentin Blake
Language English
Genre Picture book, children's, short story
Publisher Jonathan Cape (London)
Publication date
November 1, 1978
Media type Print (quarto hardback, paperback)
ISBN 0-224-01579-6
OCLC 4620532
LC Class PZ7.D1515 En 1978

The Enormous Crocodile is a 1978 children's story by Roald Dahl.


The story takes place in Africa where an enormous, greedy crocodile goes tramping through the jungle towards a village, telling other animals on the way he's going to eat children. The animals tell him that it's a horrible thing to do and give him death threats, but he tries to use his tricks to eat the tasty children nonetheless. However, every time he tries, the animals of the jungle interfere and save the children. Eventually, Trunky the elephant kills the crocodile by swinging him around in the air by his tail and letting him go until he flies into the sky and crashes headlong into the Sun.

It is in the style of a picture book in contrast to Dahl's other books, illustrated by Quentin Blake. It was first published in 1978.

Relations to Other Roald Dahl Books[edit]