Author: Arthur Yorinks
Illustrator: Richard Egielski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Publication Year: 1986
Brief Summary: When Al, a city janitor, and his dog complain about their impoverished living situation, a large bird offers to take them to a better place. They enjoy the good life until strange things start happening…
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Golden Archer Award, 1988 Winner The Little Archer Award Wisconsin
- Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1988 Winner Grades K-3 Kentucky
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1987 Winner United States
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
- What does the phrase “Be careful what you wish for” mean? Discuss how it relates to this book.
- Al and his dog, Eddie, grumble about their life and think there’s something better out there. What did they learn at the end? Read It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach. What are some similarities/differences between the stories?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Language arts
- Text-to-text connections
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library