The Giraffe and the Pelly and me

…by Roald Dahl.

Billy has a wish. His wish is that a dilapidated and unused wooden house be turned into a sweet-shop. When the house finally gets sold though, it isn’t turned into a sweet shop as he hoped. Rather, it is now the premises of the Ladderless Window Cleaning Company. Owned by a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey. Billy befriends these wonderful creatures and together they manage to secure a job with the Duke of Hampshire — the richest man in England. During their cleaning, they manage to help the Duke in ways he could never have imagined.

It’s a story about friendship and kindness and how one good turn deserves another. Dahl continues to portray animals in the best and kindest way possible as well as young boys. Apparently, Dahl values kindness as a trait in people and you can see that in most of his characters as well as the lack of it in some of his ‘villains’. Yet another beautifully penned story that brings to life the extraordinary. Dahl does have a way with words!

I give it a rating of 4.

Until next time,



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