The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me
by Roald Dahl
A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true.
The story is full of adventure, creativity and fun. There is not parental figure in this story. Billy is on his own, having an adventure, making friends and learning lessons - a worthy hero for any child! There is quite a collection of morals and lessons threaded through the story - friendship, kindness, helping others, teamwork and dreams coming true.
This is a nice, delightful quick read for any child ... or adult.
It is written as a rhyming, sing-song narrative, and children could use the rhymes and poetry to help in creating their own poems.
Roald Dahl's quirkiness adds to the delight and is something to highlight and share if the book is read aloud.
Children of about 6 to 8 years should be able to read the books, but those as young as 3 or 4 would understand and follow along.
And it's a great lead-in to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory since we meet Willie Wonka here.