Hey, Al

by Arthur Yorinks (Author) Richard Egielski (Illustrator)

Hey, Al
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Al, a janitor, and his faithful dog, Eddie, live in a single room on the West Side. They eat together, they work together, they do everything together. So what's the problem? Their room is crowded and cramped; their life is an endless struggle. Al and Eddie are practically at each others throats when a large and mysterious bird offers them a new life in paradise. After some debate, they decide to accept. Transported to a gorgeous island in the sky, Al and Eddie are soon living a life of ease and luxury.

But they come to find that the grass can be a little too green on the other side. After a dramatic, nearly tragic escape from their paradise prison, both man and dog agree: there really is no place like home.

Hey, Al is the winner of the 1987 Caldecott Medal.

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Publishers Weekly

This Caldecott Medal winner tells of a journey to paradise and the discovery that home is best. Ages 3-up. (Apr.).

Copyright 1989 Publisher’s Weekly, LLC Used with permission.


Starred Review

Outstanding artwork. . .The author and artist succeed again, with a book that has something for everyone.

Review quotes

"Like Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, this picture book explores the pleasures and the costs of leaving home. . .Hey, Al is a perfect melding of words and pictures, fantasy and reality, tenderness and humor." —Judith Viorst, The New York Times Book Review

Arthur Yorinks

Arthur Yorinks and Richard Egielski have collaborated on several books together. Mr. Yorinks lives in New York City, and Mr. Egielski lives in Milford, New Jersey.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Square Fish
Publication date
May 19, 1989
BISAC categories
JUV007000 - Juvenile Fiction | Classics
Library of Congress categories
Caldecott Medal, 1987
ALA Notable Children's Books, 1995

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