The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

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Information on identifying editions is from Richard Walker’s “Roald Dahl – A Guide to Collecting His First Editions”.

  • First editions:
    • Jonathan Cape, 1985, UK.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
      • To identify: Used a standard single statement (‘First published’ followed by the date with later printings stated underneath) and priced at £5.95 although not published with a dust jacket.
    • Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1985, USA.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
      • To identify: Used a standard single statement (‘First Edition’ with date’ or ‘First American Edition’ with date, no later dates or printing statements) and priced at $11.95 although not published with a dust jacket.
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Important note: From 2022 onwards, Puffin has edited selected Dahl books to remove sensitive language and insert new sentences not written by Dahl. If you would prefer to read the original text, ensure you get a copy published before 2022 or one of the “Classic Collection” published by Penguin.


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


Penguin Readers Covers

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. Simplified story texts are combined with beautiful original illustrations for students aged 7 and above.

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