The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
by Roald Dahl
Editor’s note: This is probably the best Roald Dahl book for very young children (ages 3-6)
Recommendations from our site
“The title The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is from the perspective of the monkey—the ‘me’ isn’t the little boy, but the monkey. And together they start this window washing business. The Pelican has this amazing ability to retract his bill, so it turns into a big bucket, and the giraffe can extend her neck so she can reach the higher-up windows and the monkey can clamber up the neck of the giraffe to clean the windows. They clean the Duke of Hampshire’s Hall, clean all his windows and along the way manage to foil a burglary. Then the Duke of Hampshire is so pleased that he gives Billy money to turn the dilapidated old Grubber into the sweet shop of Billy’s dreams.” Read more...
Tilly Burn, Children's Author
We could really have recommended any book by Roald Dahl to keep kids entertained—and if you’ve got a very long car journey, a boxset of all his works could be viewed as a sensible investment. But The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is a lovely short one to get started with. Like many Roald Dahl audiobooks, it’s narrated by a well-known comic actor, in this case Hugh Laurie.
Narrator: Hugh Laurie
Length: 45 minutes