The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

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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 and a wonderful read-aloud."-- The Horn Book

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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 and a wonderful read-aloud."-- The Horn Book

A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team composed of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141302287
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Puffin Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl

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

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    This a classic childrens story

    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 .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2007

    A Book with Plenty of Imagination

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    DUMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stupid.
    - tarrantules

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Fun, my daughter liked listening to it.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    Fairly Good Book!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2009

    The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me Is Wonderful!!!!!!!!!

    I think it was a cute idea to make the animals are the window cleners!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2009

    great book

    yyyyyyy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    thw worst

    this book is so confusing and boring. doing an author study on this author and reading his books is pure murder

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005

    Favorite Roald Dahl Book!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Verry verry good

    I like this book because it is funny. The Duke was my favorite character. Roald Dahl is my favorite author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    Awesome!!!

    This book is great especially the ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    A Great Book

    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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