Roald Dahl

(13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990 / Cardiff / Wales)

The Crocodile - Poem by Roald Dahl

'No animal is half as vile
As Crocky-Wock, the crocodile.
On Saturdays he likes to crunch
Six juicy children for his lunch
And he especially enjoys
Just three of each, three girls, three boys.
He smears the boys (to make them hot)
With mustard from the mustard pot.
But mustard doesn't go with girls,
It tastes all wrong with plaits and curls.
With them, what goes extremely well
Is butterscotch and caramel.
It's such a super marvelous treat
When boys are hot and girls are sweet.
At least that's Crocky's point of view
He ought to know. He's had a few.
That's all for now. It's time for bed.
Lie down and rest your sleepy head.
Ssh. Listen. What is that I hear,
Galumphing softly up the stair?

Go lock the door and fetch my gun!
Go on child, hurry! Quickly run!
No stop! Stand back! He's coming in!
Oh, look, that greasy greenish skin!
The shining teeth, the greedy smile!
It's Crocky-Wock, the Crocodile!'


Comments about The Crocodile by Roald Dahl

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/23/2016 6:58:00 PM)


    It reminds me of CROCODILE DUNDEE........+++++++++++++++ Nice! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Seamus O' Brian (12/23/2016 8:26:00 AM)


    Captures so well both the whimsical color and lurid fascination with the macabre inherent in childhood, reminiscent of the old fairy-tales. Baking children in ovens, wolves devouring victims, burning witches─the more sinister the better for scaring children into toeing the line. And now we add the Crocky-Wock to the list of nightmares we might delightfully foist upon our children.
    :)
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  • Tom Allport (12/23/2016 5:20:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a brilliant night time poemory for the young ones. (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2016 11:24:00 AM)


    Another wonderful piece. (Report) Reply

  • (1/12/2016 10:42:00 AM)


    ......a great imaginative write with incredible imagery ★ (Report) Reply

  • Frank Ammerlaan (10/9/2015 5:36:00 PM)


    Thats, , , actually quite disturbing 😅 (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/18/2015 5:59:00 PM)


    Poetic verve in full throttle, here (Report) Reply

  • Primrose Tee (5/5/2014 4:34:00 AM)


    hot boys and sweet girls lol (Report) Reply

  • (5/2/2014 8:03:00 AM)


    Have never read this piece by Dahl. I love it! Fun and great rhythm for children to recite! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 2, 2014



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