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Hey, Al

Yorinks, Arthur

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ISBN 10: 0374330603 / ISBN 13: 9780374330606
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1988
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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SIGNED by Yorinks and Egielski with short inscription on front illustrated endpaper, with a small drawing of a bird by Egielski and dated in 1989. Blue cloth with tiny bump on one corner. Dust jacket has Caldecott medal on the front, light wear at spine ends and corners. ; Square 4to 9" - 11" tall; Unpaginated pages; Signed by Author & Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 9355

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Title: Hey, Al

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Illustrated by Richard Egielski

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Fourth Printing

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Synopsis:

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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The plot of this book, for 4-year-olds and up, involves the travails of Al, a janitor who lives in a dingy apartment on Manhattan's West Side with his dog Eddie. One day, a funny-looking bird sticks its huge head through Al's bathroom window and proposes a journey to a terrific place where there are "no worries" and "no cares." Al agrees and takes Eddie with him. What the two experience is paradise--butterflies, wildflowers, chirping birds and cool streams--but it soon gives way to the uncertainties of being away from home, and a moral: that home is where the heart is. This sharp, wry and tender story, which won the 1987 Caldecott Medal, marks Yorinks' and Egielski's fourth highly praised collaborative work.

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