Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake…the magical partnership that beguiled so many childhood hours, and what better example to begin with than The Enormous Crocodile? It’s pitched perfectly at toddler level, but is MUCH longer than the average toddler book, so excellent for alleviating journey tedium, but not so good for bedtime, if everyone’s tired. Great introduction to the signature Dahl theme of gleefully foiled anti-child plots – you’ll be surprised how cheerfully your child absorbs the horrid idea that crocs eat kids if they get the chance.
The eponymous enormous crocodile sets off through the jungle to the town to catch some juicy children, and on the way he’s nasty to various charmingly named creatures and boasts of his “secret plans and clever tricks”. Quentin Blake ingeniously illustrates the croc disguised as a palm tree, a seesaw, and finally a picnic bench, before he gets his well-deserved comeuppance at the hands of the largest creature he mistreated – it won’t be any use telling your child that the croc is fine really after seeing the last, hilarious page. Lots more Dahl to enjoy after this: we’re going to try The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me next. And if this seems a little scary still, try Blake’s solo books for smaller children, such as Amazing Daisy Artichoke.
You should pick up a copy…..obviously, from Amazon: