Crocodile at the Beach


The seagulls squawk into the sky

Aark!         Aark!

Aark!          Aark!

Daisy barks behind my legs

Yip!         Yip!         Yip!

and Ben squeals


when we see the



crocodile kite.


This poem also appears on the website Australian Children’s Poetry as a Poem of the Day.

38 thoughts on “Crocodile at the Beach

  1. Hi Kristen
    I like that poem because I love flying kites.Also the most likely I would fly a kite is when I go to the Adelaide Kite festival at Semophore beach. Do you like flying your kite?

    • Hi Thinara,

      I love the Adelaide Kite festival at Semaphore! That’s what I wrote this poem about! The kites are so beautiful.

      I used to help my kids fly their kites. We haven’t flown any for a while.


  2. Hi Kristin,
    I loved your poem and especially enjoyed the part where it turned out to be a kite instead of a real animal!

  3. Hi Kristin,

    I love your poem! I love the part where Ben goes ‘EEEEEEEEEEE’. This poem reminded me of a fun beach day I had.
    I went to the beach last summer and made a crocodile with sand! My brother, mum and dad helped me made a gigantic croc! People were squealing when they saw our scary crocodile!

    I enjoyed this poem very much!


  4. Hi Kristin,

    I really like your poem, it was very funny I loved the sounding of the “Yip Yip Yip” and the “Eeeeeeee”.

    It made me smile! Great Poem!


    • Hi Ruby,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I’m glad it made you smile. Did you know that ‘yip yip yip’ and ‘eeee’ are called onomatopoeia?


  5. I really! liked it and at first I thought it was a real crocodile but when I read the end of the poem I laughed when I found out that it was just a kite. This reminded me of the time my dog started barking all of a sudden and his bark also sounds like “yip yip yip”.

    • Hi Kayden,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. This poem was lots of fun to write. Could you write a poem about your dog? You could include all the different sounds he makes!


  6. Hi Kristin,
    I was scary to read this because, I thought the poem was about a real crocodile at the beach. but it was really about a kite. And I think you can add more to this poem to make us more curious.

    Thank You

  7. Hi Kristin,
    this poem reminded me of when my sister was tricking me over and over again by saying there are sharks and stingrays in the beach we go to when they weren’t. I think you could add more words.
    Kind regards Tirath

    • Hi Kristin
      I really like this poem. A nice use of repetition.
      Not too much, but not too little. I like how the repetition also rhymes with the text. If you don’t understand what I mean, Here is an example from your poem, “and Ben squeals Eeeeeeeee! when we see the enormous green crocodile kite.”


      • Hi Tharusha,

        I like your comment, because it made me think more about my poem. I looked up the word for what you described and it’s called assonance- it’s when the vowels within words rhyme, but the words don’t rhyme because they have different endings. I hadn’t noticed that I had all those ee sounds in my poem! Thank you!


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