The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

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by Roald Dahl, Blake Quentin
     
 

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When Billy joins the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company, he gets a lot more than a new job. First he makes three new friends, then it's time to get to work cleaning all 677 windows of the Duke of Hampshire's house. The Duke is not only the most wealthy man in the country, he's also the most generous. Can he make Billy's lifelong dream come true? "A captivating story

Overview

When Billy joins the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company, he gets a lot more than a new job. First he makes three new friends, then it's time to get to work cleaning all 677 windows of the Duke of Hampshire's house. The Duke is not only the most wealthy man in the country, he's also the most generous. Can he make Billy's lifelong dream come true? "A captivating story and a wonderful read-aloud."-- The Horn Book

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The masters of wackiness dish up a giant portion of literary and artistic wit in this saga of T the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company. Ages 7-10. (May)
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Roald Dahl's deft touch takes the reader for an effortless ride into a fanciful world where a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey can join up and form a ladderless window-washing business. They have taken over an old, rundown store that once was a sweet shop. It had long been "for sail" and a young lad named Billy has dreams of opening up the sweet shop once again. Alas, one day he sees the new sign, "Soled." Billy is at first dismayed, but then he is pulled into the wild adventures of the three unlikely business partners and everything works out so that Billy's dream of selling Nishnobblers, Gumlotters, Sherbet Slurpers and, of course, Willy Wonka Rainbow Drops, is finally realized. The window washers sometimes speak in rhyme, which isn't at all off-putting. The world Dahl creates is a child's fantasy that adults will also enjoy as they read to younger children. Quentin Blake illustrations add to the fun as they do in so many of Dahl's books. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 Blake's frenetic watercolors are quite appealing, but they do not redeem this slight story. A little boy wandering by a deserted old grubber (sweet shop) notices some movement within and meets the owners of the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Co. The building's new tenantsa giraffe, a pelican and a monkeyhave hardly introduced themselves to the lad when a chauffeur-driven limousine arrives to invite the glass-shining team to clean the 677 windows of the Duke's house. After demonstrating their cleaning finesse (and catching a burglar in the process), the three are rewarded with edible gifts and an invitation to live with the Duke. Young Billy receives the renovated sweet shop stocked with candies of the world, which Dahl describes in detail. The charming illustrations surrounding the verse beg to climb off of the oversize pages. Perhaps the effect would be smashing as an animated cartoon, but the minimal plot development makes this an extremely weak book. Susan Scheps, Bertram Woods Branch Library, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141302287
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Puffin Book Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 13, 1916
Date of Death:
November 23, 1990
Place of Birth:
Llandaff, Wales, England
Place of Death:
Oxford, England

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows the expression in children's eyes. This is a great book it is very exciting.It is about window clearners who are animals. One clearner is a giarffe who cleans most of the windows he is a great charectar .
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is a wonderful story to read. It's short so it doesn't take a long time to finish. The writer is very inventive on this one. He uses just enough description to pull the story together, allowing us readers to spend our imaginations. A boy named Billy makes three new animal friends and they start a company. Their first customer is a Duke. Unexpected things happen but their dreams are fulfilled. What a pleasureable tale. I loved reading The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. I think you will too.
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Stupid. - tarrantules
Charlie1977 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun story and my daughter enjoyed it when I read it to her. Maybe not the best of his books, but fun. Would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very quick read. It is about window washers that are animals and they have a problem. They are starving so a kid named Billy helps them.
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I think it was a cute idea to make the animals are the window cleners!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the giraffe the pelly and me this story have a very good examples for the kids that they might be like the foursomes we need to work to live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is good because all the imagination. The girraffe can stretch it's neck as high as it wants to. The Pelly can shorten his beak.It's ecpecilly funny when the Pelly catches the burglur in his mouth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it is funny. The Duke was my favorite character. Roald Dahl is my favorite author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great especially the ending
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is short and sweet. It has just enough detail to be specific but not too much to take away the fun of making your own picture in your mind. The graphics and the plot are fantastic.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so confusing and boring. doing an author study on this author and reading his books is pure murder