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Hey, Al

Arthur Yorinks; Illustrated by Richard Egielski

Square Fish

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?

Thier room is crowded and cramped; their life is an endless struggle. Al and Eddie are practically at eachothers 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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"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

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

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Hey, Al

Arthur Yorinks; Illustrated by Richard Egielski

Caldecott Medal Winner, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Booklist Editors' Choice
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