Hey, Al

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Hey, Al
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Author Arthur Yorinks
Illustrator Richard Egielski
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Farrar Press
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-374-33060-6
OCLC 14990971
[E] 19
LC Class PZ7.Y819 He 1986

Hey, Al is a book written by Arthur Yorinks and illustrated by Richard Egielski. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1987.[1]


Hey, Al is the story of a janitor named Al and his dog, Eddie. Al and Eddie had hard lives, but one day a bird offered to carry them to a magnificent island in the sky. When they arrived, Al and Eddie found it to be a paradise. However, strange things began to happen. Al and Eddie began to resemble birds and they realised the paradise was not all it appeared to be. Al and Eddie wished to return home so they decided to escape by using their newly acquired wings to fly home. Their flight did not go according to plan as Eddie crashed into the sea and was lost. Fortunately, Eddie was able to swim home to Al. Al and Eddie were happy to return home. [2]


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ http://faculty.salisbury.edu/~elbond/heyal.htm
Preceded by
The Polar Express
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Owl Moon