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January 10, 2008

The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me

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The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me

Author: Ronald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Page Length: 89

Reading Level: 6

Genre: Fiction / Poetry


PLOT SUMMARY: This book is a delightful story of a starving trio of animals; a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey who befriend, Billy, a young boy.  The trio of animals buy an old house which Billy had dreamed of buying and opening as a “Sweet Shop”.  The animals start a window cleaning business and include Billy as their manager.  They are hired by a wealthy Duke who they aide in several adventures.


SKILL / AUTHOR CONNECTIONS: The characters speak in rhyme and limericks which make one think of Dr. Seuss.  Quentin Blake depicts them as positive and happy in his drawings. 


REVIEW: This is my first book that I have read by Ronald Dahl, but I am anxious to read more of his work.  When I first picked up the book to read, I thought it would be too easy and juvenile for the high school population.  However, I think all would enjoy the story.




REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner



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