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Hey, Al by Arthur Yorinks
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Hey, Al
By: Arthur Yorinks
Illustrated by: Richard Egielski
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Year Published: 1986

Hey, Al, is a story about a janitor named Al. He lives with his best friend, Eddie, who is a dog. One day a bird comes to Al and says he will take him somewhere that will take away all his problems. After being there awhile Al realizes that the place wasn't a solution to all his problems and eventually wanted to return home.

This book is a Caldecott Award Winner.

Reading Level: Grades 1-4

Genre: Picture Book

Use: Independent Reading

Social Issues: One thing this book demonstrates is that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Another thing this book shows is the friendship between Al and Eddie.

Literary elements: There are two distinct settings, Al's apartment and the island in the sky.

The illustrations do an excellent job of showing the contrast between the two settings. In Al's apartment, the colors are dull, to show the place is dull and boring. The pictures of the paradise are very bright and colorful, to show that it is a happy place.
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