The Dentist and The Crocodile

By Roald Dahl


The crocodile, with cunning smile, sat in the dentist’s chair.

He said “Right here and everywhere, my teeth require repair.”

The dentist’s face was turning white. He quivered, quaked and shook.


He muttered, “I suppose I’m going, to have to take a look.”

“I want you,” Crocodile declared, “to do the back ones first.”

 “The molars, at the very back, are easily the worst.”


He opened wide his massive jaws. It was a fearsome sight.

At least three hundred pointed teeth, all sharp and shining white.

The dentist kept himself well clear. He stood two yards away.


He chose the longest probe he had, to search out, the decay.


“I said to do the back ones first!” the Crocodile called out.

“You’re much too far away, dear sir, to see what you’re, about.”


“To do the back ones properly, you’ve got to put your head,”



 “Deep down inside my great big mouth,” the grinning Crocky said.

The poor old dentist wrung his hands, and weeping in despair,


He cried “No no! I see them all, extremely well from here!”

Just then in burst a lady, in her hands, a golden chain.


She cried “Oh Croc, you naughty boy, you’re playing tricks again!”

“Watch out!” the dentist shrieked, and started climbing up the wall.

“He’s after me! He’s after you! He’s going to eat us all!”


“Don’t be a twit,” the lady said, and flashed a gorgeous smile.

“He’s harmless. He’s my little pet, my lovely crocodile.”


1. What did the crocodile tell the dentist? 
   a) that he needed his teeth cleaned
   b) that he had a toothache
   c) that his teeth needed repair

2. How did the dentist feel about checking the crocodile’s teeth? 
   a) he was excited about the unusual job
   b) scared
   c) annoyed at all the time it would take

3. Why did the crocodile say he wanted the dentist to look at the back teeth first? 
   a) his back teeth were easier to reach
   b) his molars were in worse shape
   c) he was in a hurry to leave

4. Why did the dentist stand so far away? 
   a) he did not want to get bitten
   b) the crocodile had bad breath
   c) the dentist had bad breath

5. What did the crocodile suggest to the dentist? 
   a) stand up on a stool
   b) bring in a helper
   c) put his head inside the crocodile’s mouth

6. Who was the lady with the golden chain? 
   a) the dentist’s helper
   b) the owner of the crocodile
   c) another dentist