The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

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  • First editions:
    • Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1985, USA.
    • Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1985, Great Britain.
  • Illustrated by: 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.


  • Kurt Maschler award runner–up (1985)

Fun Stuff

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me Quiz
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me Quiz


Teacher Ideas


Bulgarian Covers – Жирафът, пеликанът и аз

Chinese Covers

Dutch Covers – De Giraffe, de Peli en Ik

Estonian Covers – Kaelkirjak, pelku ja mina

French Covers – La girafe, le pélican et moi

German Covers – Die Giraffe, der Peli und ich


Japanese Covers

Korean Covers – 창문닦이 삼총사

Norwegian Covers – Sjiraffen og Pelli og jeg

Russian Covers – Жирафа, и Пелли, и я

Slovakian Covers – Žirafa, Pelly a ja

Spanish Covers – La jirafa, el pelicano y el mono

Vietnamese Covers – Hươu cao cổ, chim bồ nông và tôi