The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG

The Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company certainly doesn't. They don’t need a pail, either, because they have a pelican with a bucket-sized beak. With a monkey to do the washing and Billy as their manager, this business is destined for success. Now they have their big break—a chance to clean all 677 windows of the Hampshire House, owned by the richest man in all of England! That’s exciting enough, but along the way there are surprises and adventures beyond their wildest window-washing dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101662960
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/22/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 738,709
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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 PeachMatildaThe 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:

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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 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.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Roald Dahl's books and enjoyed them all. I picked up a clearance bundle of Dahl's books so I could read them to my son and this book was in there. I have never even heard of this book. It is just a slip of a novel; around 70 pags or so. It was a cute little read and enjoyable. Nothing outstanding, but a fun read all the same and short enough to keep the attention of a younger child than most of his stories are aimed at.A little boy lives next to an old shut-down building that used to be a candy shop. Then one day he sees that the building has been cleaned up and now has a sign on it "Ladderless Window Cleaning Company". The cleaning company consists of a pelican, a monkey, and a giraffe. And the little boy is whisked away on a window cleaning adventure that in the end makes all his dreams come true.This was a cute, short novel. Appropriate for very young children; I think even a 3 or 4 year old would be able to follow it and enjoy it. The pictures are black and white sketches and enduring in their own way. It makes a nice addition to my collection of Dahl books.
bookworm12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another delightful book from Dahl. The title characters have a painting company and meet a rich man through their work.
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
This little book was quirky, fun and adorable. Everything I'd expect from Roald Dahl. I know I don't often review children's books, but some just deserve a bit of love. Silly nostalgic books from silly nostalgic authors. Between The BFG and Matilda, Roald Dahl ruled my childhood. And, as I've grown into adulthood, I've learned he wrote a lot more books than I knew when I was a kid. Am I going to let being 28 stop me from reading them? Um, no. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is a cute little one-off story about a boy and his three new friends who are window washers. They are, naturally, a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey. They are simply the best because they won't get dirty ladders on your house, they can reach all the windows, and they have their own charming theme song. As it is somewhat difficult for three animals to make business arrangements with adults, young Billy becomes their manager. This story was accompanied by the same charming illustrations you find in most of Dahl's books. There were the usual silly hijinks. There's even a reference to Wonka candy, reminding us that Dahl's worlds are all interconnected. It's hard to find a lot to say about a book that is only 70-ish pages long and filled with illustrations other than it was delightful. It only took me abut 15 minutes to read, so it was no trouble at all. Great for kids because it is fun and silly. Great for adults because, honestly, I chuckled. I'd rather read a Roald Dahl book than a grim new story any day, and it takes up just as much time.
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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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this book is so confusing and boring. doing an author study on this author and reading his books is pure murder