Saturday, July 4, 2015

Review: The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true.
MY TAKE:
This was a short, sweet story that I really liked.

 In The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me, one day, a boy discovers that the empty building he dreamed of owning has been bought buy a trio of animals. These animals work as window washers. The animals and the boy become friends and their adventure begins when the Duke of Hampshire asks them to come to his manor and clean his windows.

I liked the happy ending in this book. Everyone got what they wanted, even though it was a bit of a stretch that the duke just happened to have everything the animals wanted. The sweet shop, though, was cute. Had that been real, I would definitely try and visit that in a heartbeat.

There didn't feel like there was any real conflict to the plot, except for how the animals were able to gain the duke's favor. That's okay, though, since this is a children's book meant for younger audiences.

I liked Quentin Blake's illustrations. If you've read Roald Dahl's other children's books, you're probably familiar with his style already. It probably doesn't appeal to everyone, but I like his quirky style.

Overall, I thought this book was great. It's a nice, happy book that will leave you with a smile on your face.

THE GOOD:
  1. It's a happy book.
  2. The Duke of Hampshire is a good man.
  3. It's a good book for young readers. 

THE BAD:

  1. The conflict doesn't really feel like conflict. 

READ IT IF:

  1. Your child likes animals.
  2. Your child loves candies and chocolates.
  3. You like happy endings. 

RATING:
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