The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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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 of the Hampshire House, owned by the richest man in all of England! That’s exciting enough, but along the way there are surprises and adventures beyond their wildest window-washing dreams.
wide open and out popped a Monkey! The Monkey stood on the window-sill and did a jiggly little dance. He was so skinny he seemed to be made only out of furry bits of wire, but he danced wonderfully well, and I clapped and cheered and did a little dance myself in return. ‘We are the Window-Cleaners!’ sang out the Monkey. ‘We will polish your glass Till it’s shining like brass And it sparkles like sun on the sea! We are quick and polite, We will come day or night, The Giraffe and the
Duke. The Giraffe shouted, ‘The burglar is armed with a pistol, Your Grace! If Pelly lets him out now he’ll shoot us all!’ ‘He can be armed with a machine-gun for all I care!’ bellowed the Duke, his massive moustaches bristling like brushwood. ‘I’ll handle the blighter! Open up, sir! Open up!’ Suddenly there was an ear-splitting BANG and the Pelican leaped twenty feet into the air. So did the Duke. ‘Watch out!’ the Duke shouted, taking ten rapid paces backwards. ‘He’s trying to shoot his way
Would it be too much trouble, I wonder, if I were to ask you for a reasonably fresh piece of haddock or cod every day?’ ‘Haddock or cod!’ shouted the Duke, spitting out the words as though they made a bad taste in his mouth. ‘Cast your eyes, my dear Pelly, over there to the south.’ The Pelican looked across the vast rolling estate and in the distance he saw a great river. ‘That is the River Hamp!’ cried the Duke. ‘The finest salmon river in the whole of Europe!’ ‘Salmon!’ screeched the
factory itself, for example the famous Willy Wonka Rainbow Drops – suck them and you can spit in seven different colours. And his Stickjaw for talkative parents. And his Mint Jujubes that will give the boy next door green teeth for a month. On the Grand Opening Day, I decided to allow all my customers to help themselves for free, and the place was so crowded with children you could hardly move. The television cameras and the newspaper reporters were all there, and the old Duke himself
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