by Arthur Yorinks
Illustrated by Richard Egielski
Reviewed by Ajay B. (age 9) and Nicole C. (age 8)
Ajay B. and Nicole C. are students in Class C121
This book is about a janitor named Al and his dog Eddie. "No, life wasn't
easy for Al and Eddie." One day a big bird came to Al's bathroom window
and said "Are you working too hard? Still struggling and going nowhere?"
"Have I got a place for you. No worries, no cares - it's terrific." So that night Al and Eddie had a big conversation about everything. At dawn
they were both waiting at the bathroom window for the large bird. The
large bird appeared and Al and Eddie were "ferried thousands of feet
upward to an island in the sky." When they got there, the birds brought
them fruit. They were so relaxed that their memories slowly disappeared.
One morning Al and Eddie woke up and found out that they were turning into
birds! Al and Eddie flew out of the island in the sky. "I'd rather mop
floors," Al howled. They had to fly over a big sea. Eddie was so tired
that he fell into the sea. Well, you'll have to read the rest of the book
to find out what happened to Eddie. The moral of the story is that you
should appreciate what you have.
Nicole likes this book because she likes fantasies. She likes the colors
in the illustrations because they look fun. She likes the part when they
turn into birds because it's like a fairy tale. She also likes this book
because it's very funny like when Eddie mutters. Ajay likes this book
because it reminds him of an adventure and he likes adventures. He likes
the illustrations because they are really good and cartoonish. Eddie
reminds him of his dog Geo because Eddie and Geo are both friendly. Eddie
reminds Nicole of her dog, Charlie, because both dogs act like the kings
of the family. This book makes Ajay wonder where birds are going when they
are flying in the sky. We both like this book because we both love the
characters. They are funny and they act like real people struggling with
their lives. We also like this book because it's so... well, it's just so
We recommend this book to people who are 6-9 years old. We also recommend
this book to people who like fantasies and birds. We recommend this book
to people who like books that have won Caldecott medals.