Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl & Digger Man by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha

Banned Books Week comes to a close today. While we didn't read any of the books on the banned books lists we did take the time to read a book by a controversial author, Roald Dahl. Several of his books make the controversial/challenged book lists including James and the Giant Peach and The Witches. Back in early September I asked my readers to recommend a Dahl book appropriate for reading aloud to a kindergartener. We received a few great suggestions, and decided to try one of the more unusual titles recommended by Sandra Stiles at The Musings of a Book Addict.

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is one of the tamer Dahl books and is appropriate for the youngest Dahl fans. It's a nice short book and makes a good read aloud. It's about an unusual grouping of animals (a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey) that run a business called The Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company and a little boy named Billy that befriends the group while dreaming of a candy shop called "The Grubber." The group gets a gig working for His Grace the Duke of Hampshire, and, while cleaning his 677 windows, spy something out-of-the ordinary. Great characters, exciting dialogue and ridiculous situations make this one a fun read! There are several songs to exercise your singing voice, if you enjoy singing while reading aloud.

Illustrations by Quentin Blake appear on nearly every page. Later on we listened to an audio version, narrated by Richard E. Grant. I recommend reading the book because otherwise you miss out on all the great illustrations.


My toddler picked out a book about diggers this week. Books about construction vehicles usually appeal to him and Digger Man by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha is a simple, short and nicely illustrated imaginative digger book. A little boy dreams of buying his own big digger. He tells of all the things he would do with his very own digger, like scooping up rocks and pushing mud. The book works especially well for boys that have sibling, but even if they don't, they'll probably still like reading it.





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6 comments:

Debbie said...

The first book sounds like a cute story. I am adding it to my list.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Thanks for joining WMCIR! I am still gathering my energies for Roald Dahl - I tried James and the Giant Peach and didn't like it all. This book, however, sounds like fun!

LitLass said...

We'll have to try this book. My 7-year-old read three Dahl books in September for the Reading Dahlathon and really liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Magic Finger.

Andrea Zimmerman said...

I'm glad your son enjoyed Digger Man. It's always satisfying to makes a child happy!