Children's/Coming-of-Age, Dahl, Roald

Nothing is “Normal” in the Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

giraffeandpellyThe Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is another of Roald Dahl’s lesser-known works. I dare any reader to find something ordinary about the characters or the plot. While an older audience would prefer multidimensional characters, young children prefer caricatures. Dahl knew that. I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing as I read this book. When the ordinary world ceases to be exciting, there is always the world of The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. In such a world, children can be business managers and are respected by notable adults like The Duke of Hampshire.  But behind this fantastic plot is the message that everyone – even those who may seem odd – are indispensable to society. At first glance, the Giraffe, the Pelican, and the Monkey seem out of place in a city. Yet, they perform window cleaning services that others can’t perform as well or as efficiently.