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Who needs a ladder when you’ve got a giraffe with an extended neck?

The Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company certainly doesn't. They don’t need a pail, either, because they have a pelican with a bucket-sized beak. With a monkey to do the washing and Billy as their manager, this business is destined for success. Now they have their big break—a chance to clean all 677 windows
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by Puffin Books (first published 1985)
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Joey Woolfardis
A short story about a Giraffe, Pelican and Monkey who open up a ladderless window cleaning company, who become friendly with a small boy called Billy. It's full of all the Dahlian humour and whimsy and nonsense, but like always it has a nice serious edge to it.

Very charming, though definitely not his best and quite unsubstantial in reality. In general, it's written as well as all his others but I think the emphasis on the whimsy really helped this particular story, especially since it was more a
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Chloe
Yes, I've decided to reread some books from my childhood, like the Roald Dahl ones that I own. This is such a cute little story; it's very simple, but an ideal one to read to young children, and it has all of his typical charm and quirks.
Amira Mahmoud
قصص الأطفال التي كنت أتمنى لو أنني قرأتها صغيرة لأتذوقها حقًا، من الصعوبة بمكان أن تبدأ القراءة في عُمر ما بدون أن تتحسّر على تلك الأيام والسنوات التي قضيتها قبل أن تعرف تلك اللذة.

ربما ما سيشكل عوضًا بالنسبة ليّ هو أنني يومًا ما وإذا رُزقت بأطفال سألقي أمامهم بكل تلك القصص البريئة في كل مكان تقع عليه أعينهم.

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Omnya
We have tears in our eyes
As we wave our goodbyes,
We so loved being with you, we three.
So do please now and then
Come and see us again,
The giraffe and the Pelly and me.

All you do is to look
At a page in this book
Because that's where we always will be.
No book ever ends,
When it's full of your friends
The giraffe and the Pelly and me.
MJ Nicholls
Sent to Andrea Messent at Darren and Associates:

Dear Darren & Associates,

It is with some regret that I sit down to write this correspondence. I understand your reluctance to read voluminous missives so I will keep this missive as unchunky as my e-pen allows.

On Sep 4th 2010 I sent to your agency, via recorded delivery, my novel When Bees Attack. I sent this following a verbal agreement between myself and your agent Cariller Cray when I met her at a catered affair for Bernard Share’s eightieth
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Amina
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Friendship is an amazing thing to share! The duke was a bit crazy, but the great kind of crazy :D
And the closing poem, or song earned the book its forth star!

"We have tears in our eyes
As we wave our good byes
We so love being with you, we three
So do please now and then
Come and see us again
The giraffe and the pelly and me

All you do is to look
At a page in this book
Because that's where we always will be
No book never ends
When it's full of your friends
The giraffe and the pelly and me"
Librariasaurus
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story! The friendships are great and the duke is a weird eccentric old guy, which I love! Eccentric old people are the best!
I also loved the closing poem:

We have tears in our eyes,
As we wave our goodbyes,
We so loved being with you, we three.
So do please now and then
Come and see us again,
The giraffe and the Pelly and me.

All you do is to look
At a page in this book
Because that's where we always will be.
No book ever ends
When it's full of your friends
The giraffe and the Pelly a
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Mariah
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an extremely cute book. I read this book as an adult, for me, by me, with no one else. As an adult I forget how fun it is to read children's chapter books. It brings back memories of when I was in elementary school. Roald Dahl was my favorite author and Matilda was my favorite book of all time in elementary school. My new goal is read every book by him!

I suggest this book to anyone that wants a quick, fun read :)
Hayel Barakat
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hayel by: Haneen Najeh
Shelves: روايات
What a book!

Reminds me of my childhood where simplicity and purity taking place.

A great memory!

“We have tears in our eyes
As we wave our goodbyes,
We so loved being with you, we three.
So do please now and then
Come and see us again,
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.

"All you do is to look
At a page in this book
Because that’s where we always will be.
No book ever ends
When it’s full of your friends
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.”
Fereidoon
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
یکی از بهترین کتابای بچگیام ❤🐾 ...more
Matt
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: Mariah
Shelves: audiobook, children-s
Bring on more Dahl! I feel as though I can sprint through these books (which, I admit, are geared for children) and share them with the world. After a sweets shop goes on the selling block, our narrator, Billy, watches with amazement when a new company mysterious appears, as if overnight. Billy goes to check things out, where he comes across a giraffe sticking its head out of the top-floor window. Thereafter, a pelican emerges to share the story of their window cleaning business, which is rounde ...more
Prashant
Another short, well illustrated book by Roald Dahl. It's about a kid who after seeing an old closed sweet shop in his neighborhood gets the desire to own it and convert it into the most beautiful sweet shop of his own. One day when he finds out that the house has been bought by a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey , he meets them and they become instant friends. The story goes about how they get to meet a duke and how the boy finally fulfills him dream.

The book is written as if it were a poem. The
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Minh Trang
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Các bạn có thích cửa sổ nhà mình luôn luôn sáng bóng không? Các bạn có thích nhà mình luôn luôn được quét dọn sạch sẽ không? Vậy xin mời các bạn hãy tìm đến “Công ty lau cửa sổ không cần thang” của Hươu cao cô, chim Bồ nông và tôi."

Một đoạn quảng cáo nghe thật là bùi tai :)) 3 con thú dễ thương gồm Hươu cao cổ, Chim bồ nông và Khỉ mua lại một ngôi nhà vốn là tiệm kẹo cũ, sau đó mở công ty lau cửa sổ không cần thang. Một ngày, chúng gặp chú bé Billy và rủ chú nhập hội với mình.

"Công ty" của nhóm
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Maede
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, 1395
فقط ذهن یک انسان عجیبه که می تونه از یک زرافه و میمون و پلیکان یک تیم محشر شیشه پاک کنی بسازه! زرافه جای نردبان، میمون برای دستمال کشیدن و پلیکان به جای سطل آب متحرک
و دنیایی می سازه که چنین ترکیب عجیب و غریبی رو در عین فوقالعاده بودن ممکن می دونه
اگر رولد دال خونده باشید (مخصوصا اگر باهاش بزرگ شده باشید) بعد از مدتی حتی اگر اسمش روی کتاب نباشه، می تونید کتاب هاش رو از روی نشانه هایی که به جا میگذاره بشناسید
اینجا هم یک پسر بچه هست که رویای اینو داره که مغازه شکلات فروشی داشته باشه. با شکلات های خا
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Karla
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three entrepreneurial critters team up with a sweet-tooth little boy to wash windows and happen to bust a criminal in the middle of a burglary. Typical Roald Dahl daftery.

The story itself was 3 stars, but Hugh Laurie's narration made it extra fun. There's something about his voice that is perfectly suited to Dahl's nonsense candy names.
Zohreh Hanifeh
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دنیای رولد دال خیلی قشنگه. جایی که همه با توانایی های منحصر به فردشون و همون جوری که خودشون هستن ارزشمندن و مفید واقع میشن.
Miranda ❤️
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Haneen Najeh
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
A wonderful story, it reminded me of a movie which called "Pai" which i watched once.
it was the first experiance with Roald Dahl but definatly it won't be the last

i enjoyed it :)
Sophia
B.R.A.CE. 2017 ένα βιβλίο που θα έπρεπε να έχεις διαβάσει στο σχολείο

Τι ωραία ιστορία! παιδική, εκπαιδευτική κι απολαυστική! Για κάποιο λόγο ενώ το διάβαζα "έπαιζα" τις φωνές στο μυαλό μου κι απολάμβανα κάθε διάλογο!
Roos
Feb 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenlit, 2009
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Jessica Gillies
4.5 stars

A Roald Dahl book read by Hugh Laurie? Yes please. So much fun, Roald Dahl's trademark quirkiness is at play, it had me smiling much of the way through :)
Sagheer Chaudhry
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roald Dahl’s ‘The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me’ tells the story of a young boy named Billy and his dream to transform an old empty wooden house into a sweet shop that would consist of Sherbet Suckers, Caramel Fudge, Russian Toffee, Sugar Snorters and Butter Gumballs along with many many more different sweets. One day Billy, visited the shop and out of the corner of his eye Billy noticed one of the windows open and out of it appeared a Giraffe. Then a second and third window opened and out them a ...more
PurplyCookie
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Have you read this delightful story of the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company? If you haven't, then better snap up this book; so for only a few precious minutes, you can pretend that everything in the world isn't as awful as it seems.

When Billy joins the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company, he gets a lot more than a new job. First he makes three new friends, then it's time to get to work cleaning all 677 windows of the Duke of Hampshire's house. The Duke is not only the most wealthy man in the co
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Dean Barber
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me' by Roald Dahl tells the tale of a young boy named Billy who, whilst staring at a derelict sweet shop dreams that one day he will own his own which would be 'loaded from top to bottom with Sherbet Suckers, and Caramel Fudge and Russian Toffee and Sugar Snorters and Butter Gumballs and thousands and thousands of other glorious things like that'.

One day he finds that the derelict shop has some new residents by the way of a giraffe, pelican and monkey who just so
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Gary
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billy, a young boy, comes across an old sweet shop which he dreams about renovating. Peering out the windows he finds a giraffe, pelican and monkey. Who are they, Billy wonders?! They are the world’s best window cleaning company of course! After working for the richest man in England, all of the members of the window cleaning company are rewarded individually; Billy’s reward is the purchase of the sweet shop he so long desired.

Throughout their short adventure the characters sing short, catchy so
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Zoe Hall
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
So I vowed to go on a childhood literary journey which saw me reread all of the Harry Potter books in the summer and now I plan on reading Roald Dahl's work. I thought I would start off with a short story, which I've got to say, I don't really remember reading but alas, here I am at 23 reigniting my love for Dahl's whimsical imagination.

This is a lovely story about friendship found in the most surreal circumstances. A child called Billy with a fondness for sweets, wishes the old 'Grubber' shop
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Niamh Delahunty
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story begins with the introduction of a little boy that lives next to an old shut-down building that used to be a candy shop. Then one day he sees that the building has been cleaned up and now has a sign on it "Ladderless Window Cleaning Company". The cleaning company consists of a pelican, a monkey, and a giraffe. And the little boy is whisked away on a window cleaning adventure that in the end makes all his dreams come true.

This is a cute, short novel and one of my favourites from my own
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Siobhan
Ah, Roald Dahl, the soundtrack of my childhood.

I’m fairly certain my entire generation picked up a Dahl book throughout their childhood. Dahl books are great for kids, made up of interesting events which capture the imagination. They’re the kind of books that you can look back on when you’re older and smile as you remember the events which played out, knowing that these are books you’re going to pass on to future generations.

In short, as a large part of my childhood, Dahl is a must read in my ey
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This one's pretty tame compared to other Dahl stories. Definitely meant for a younger audience. Nothing evil or creepy or bizarre. Just a sweet story about a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey who start a window-washing business, and a little boy named Billy who wants to own a candy store. The pelican saves the day for one of their very wealthy customers by catching a thief in his beak. All are richly rewarded for their part in foiling the theft, and Billy gets to fulfill his dream of having a swe ...more
Melica
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it when I was 7 or 8 and I loved it, I've dreamed of going to the sweet shop a lot! It's such a sweet story to me!
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake. The story, about his wartime adv
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