The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
About a month or so ago I was asked if I’d be interested in participating in a special blog tour to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! I, very obviously, jumped at the chance! Roald Dahl is a childhood (and adult) favorite. There is something so special about his books.
Because there are so many wonderful blog participating in this tour, we weren’t guaranteed the book we wanted. When choosing I snuck in two Dahl books that I haven’t read. And luckily for me, I was given The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me!
Want to know what I thought of this never read before Dahl book?! Well keep reading!
Little Billy has but one dream: to own the town’s best candy shop. And he knows the perfect place for it: the old, boarded up show with the “for sail” sign hanging in the window. Day in and day out Billy sits, stares, and dreams about the day when it’s his.
Until the day that he notices the sign has been taken down, the boards that covered the windows removed, and the new renovations. Billy wonders who bought the old boarded up shop, and what they’re going to do with it. Upon further inspection he soon learns that the Ladderless Window Cleaners have moved in.
Since he can’t open his candy shop, Billy decides to help the ladder less winder cleaners who consist of Giraffe (the “ladder” of the company) Pelican (the water holder), and Monkey (the window washer).
Working for a ladderless window cleaning doesn’t seem as much fun as working in a candy shop, that is until the Duke requests Billy, Giraffe, Pelly, and Monkey to work for them. There are hundreds of windows to wash – will the Ladderless Window Cleaners be up to the job?
The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me, written by author Roald Dahl, is a short story that will leave readers (of all ages) laughing.
This is a classic Dahl book. The writing is strong yet silly. Filled with just the right amount of charm, magic, and a bit of mayhem The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me, like all of Dahl’s books, let’s reader’s imaginations soar.
Because this book isn’t very long there wasn’t a large cast of characters. But that is not a bad thing! Why? Because the character were truly the best part of this book. Little Billy is the kind of character that readers will easily identify with. Through him, they will see that with a little work, hopes and dreams really can come true.
And then there’s Giraffe, Pelly, and Monkey. Even though they are animals, they are still relatable. Readers will get the chance to see just how much they trust one another, how they love and care for each other, and above all, how they stick together through good and bad. They are a shining example of what strong friendships are made of.
Besides the writing and the characters, another aspect I really loved, and felt that truly helped bring the story to life were Quentin Blake’s illustrations. Done in a sketch style (or what I presume is a sketch style) they add an additional layer of charm and a touch of whimsy. I particularly appreciated how they didn’t over power the book. Instead they helped readers imagine each moment of the plot as it unfolded.
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Dahl was truly a fun read! And whether you’ve read and loved other Dahl books or this is the first book you’ve ever read by him, you will not be disappointed!