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The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me

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by Roald Dahl (Author), Richard E Grant (Narrator)

A story about friendship!

The Ladderless Window Cleaning Company is unique. They can clean any window and make it spotless. They can reach the highest windows and clean them quickly. The Ladderless Window Cleaners consists of the Giraffe who has an ever-extending neck, a Pelican who can carry a large amount of water in its deep retractable beak and a dancing, singing agile, Monkey. Together the three use their very unusual talents to form a business. Now all they need is customers!

To attract customers, they have a wonderful jingle too:

We will polish your glass
Till it’s shining like brass
And it sparkles like sun on the sea!
We will work for Your Grace
Till we’re blue in the face,
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me! 

The story of The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me, begins with a boy named Billy. Billy stumbles across an old store that has recently been closed. There he meets these three unusual friends.

The Girrafe The Pelly and Me Billy_Pelican

As they get acquainted, a limousine drives up to them. The rich duke of the Hampshire House needs his windows cleaned urgently. His huge mansion has 677 very dusty windows which haven’t been cleaned for a long time! No one can reach that high and clean that fast to keep them dust free! Smile

Excited about the opportunity, Billy and the Giraffe, the Pelly and Monkey head over to meet the Duke. As they go about their very first cleaning job, they meet the singing Duchess and a most notorious thief.

The Girrafe The Pelly and Me Billy

Roald Dahl weaves yet another fantastically funny tale. Richard E Grant’s voice over is delightful to listen. His enunciations and tone changes with every character in the tale. Apart from all the usual Dahl quirky parts of the story, what we loved most was the theme of making the most unusual friends in the most unusual places! Moral of the story for us: Friends can be made and found anywhere… even in a rundown abandoned building.

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31 comments

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  1. I’m such a huge Roald Dahl fan, so it’s hard to believe that I’ve missed this one! It sounds delightful. Thank you for sharing your review!

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    • reshamad

      It is nice short and sweet story! Hope you get to read it Thanks for stopping by Katie
      -Reshama

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  2. I don’t know this Roald Dahl story but it sounds hilarious. I want to read it after reading your review
    Hopping over from the kid lit bloghop.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for swinging by Catherine. This is a great read-aloud story too!
      -Reshama

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  3. Hi, I found you on the blog hop. What beautiful illustrations. I’ll bet my son would love this book. Thanks for sharing it

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    • reshamad

      Its a great read for boys since the story is written from a little boy’s point of view Thanks for stopping by Lisa
      -Reshama

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  4. Don’t you just love the whimsy of Roald Dahl – it’s like he jumps right into a child’s mind! Great book, and I love these illustrations. I’ll have to check out the audio version.

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    • reshamad

      Well said Brittany! I love Roald Dahl books and have been an avid fan since childhood..
      -Reshama

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  5. stanleyandkatrina

    My daughter LOVES Roald Dahl. She said her favorites are Matilda and George’s Marvelous Medicine.

    That being said, now I want to read this book! Thanks for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop and sharing your review.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week,
    Christine M/Cool Mom

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    • reshamad

      Christine, we just bought a whole Roald Dahl set of books and can’t wait to get through them all!! Thanks for visiting!
      -Reshama

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      • stanleyandkatrina

        Wonderful! Matilda is by far her favorite…she even uses the song “Naughty” from the Broadway musical, “Matilda” as an audition song. I have to get her to see that show. Enjoy the books. Happy reading!

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  6. Thank you for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Also, your book looks interesting and well done.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Ruth. I hope you have fun on this hop! Looking forward to visiting your site!
      -Reshama

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  7. The illustrations look so cute!! And the text is so simple. Great for young children. Thank you so much for sharing on the blog hop.

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    • reshamad

      Lina! thanks for looking in! Quentin Blake’s illustrations match Roald Dahl’s quirky stories beautifully Love the synergy!
      -Reshama

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  8. megdendler

    I love Dahl but had never heard of this book. Thanks so much for sharing it as part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    • reshamad

      It is as delightful as all his other books! I hope you get to give it a read Thanks for stopping by Meg!
      -Reshama

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  9. What a fabulous book. I don’t believe I have ever seen this one before, but I am very slow to get on the Dahl train. he he, I will have to rectify that very soon. Thanks for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop again and for another great recommendation.

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    • reshamad

      Oh Julie you MUST get on that train RIGHT away!!! I was just going to suggest to Renee, that we start a Dahl club.. just us hostesses :)) Kidding. Thanks for stopping by and for hosting! I do hope you get to give this a read.. a simple yet wonderful read!
      -Reshama

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  10. We loved this book! I loved the interactions between the boy and the Giraffe, the Pelly, and the Monkey — and of course the Duke…. Oh, what a fun book – thanks for posting the review! I stopped by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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  11. I haven’t read this Dahl yet – definitely on my list for the kids. The audio must be quite funny with Richard E Grant doing the voiceover.

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    • reshamad

      It sure is Kriss.. Grant does a great job on the voice over for the various characters.. just adds so much more to the charm of storytelling! Thanks for stopping by,
      -Reshama

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  12. Hi, sounds like another classic by Dahl. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  13. My son and I loved this book! Roald Dahl always delights us. Thanks for sharing your review.

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  14. ccarpinello

    What a cute story! Love the pic of the giraffe and the monkey!

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    • reshamad

      Quentin Blake’s art work makes it fun to read Roald Dahl books! Thanks for stopping by Cheryl.
      -Reshama

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  15. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    This book sounds fabulous. Roald Dahl is so creative! He just knows what will appeal to children (and their parents who have to read books over and over and over…) lol Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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