“Cockroach” Chukovsky in summary

“Bears were riding / On a bicycle. / And behind them a cat / Back in front. / And behind him are mosquitoes / On a balloon. / And behind them are crayfish / On a lame dog. / Wolves on a mare, / Lions in a car. / Bunnies in a tram / Toad on a broom… “They go and laugh, when suddenly a terrible giant crawls out of the gateway – Cockroach. He threatens the beasts that he will eat them. Beasts in a panic – the wolves ate each other, the crocodile swallowed the toad, and the elephant sat down on the hedgehog. Only crayfish are not afraid – although they are backing up, but fearlessly they shout to the mustachioed monster that they themselves can move their mustaches – no worse than the Cockroach. And the Hippo promises to someone who will not be afraid of the monster and fight with him, give two frogs and send a fir cone. The animals reverted and rush to the barbel. But when they see him, they are so frightened that they immediately run... away.

And now the Cockroach became the lord of fields and forests, and all the beasts obeyed him. He orders the animals to bring their children to dinner. All animals cry and say goodbye to their children forever, cursing the evil master. The poorest mothers are crying the worst: what kind of mother will agree to give her cute child for dinner to the insatiable scarecrow? But one day the Kangaroo galloped up. Seeing the beetle, the guest laughs: “Is this a giant? It’s just a cockroach! A cockroach, a cockroach, a cockroach. / A liquid-skinned goat-fly-bug.” Kangaroo shames her toothy and fanged acquaintances – they obeyed the goat, the cockroach. The hippos are frightened, squealing at the Kangaroo, but then from nowhere comes the Sparrow, which Cockroach swallows. There is no giant! All the bestial family thanks and praises their deliverer. Everyone is so excited and dancing so dashingly that the moon, trembling in the sky, falls on the elephant and slides into the swamp. But the moon is soon put in place, and the forest inhabitants are again returned to peace and joy.


“Cockroach” Chukovsky in summary