The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

Posted March 4, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 3 Comments

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

by Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin Books on September 26, 1985
Genre: Fantasy
Target Age Group: Childrens
Rating: ★★★★★

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Who needs a ladder when you've got a giraffe with an extending neck?

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, the business is destined for success. Now they have their big break-a chance to clean all 677 windows of 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.


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.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★ 1/2
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

5 Star Rating


The Giraffe and the pelly and me Stays on the Shelf

Totally honest here guys?  I probably won’t pick up this book to re-read often.  But it’s by my favorite childhood author, maintains the childish delights I expect from any of his books, and it’s only about a quarter-inch thick.  I may pick it up again for lols, or maybe I’ll read it to my friends’ daughter.  Either way, it’s adorable, taking up no space, and definitely worth the $0.25 I spent on it.  Keeps!


Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments!

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