Alexandra Day

Alexandra Day is the pseudonym for Sandra Louise Woodward Darling. She is the author of Good Dog, Carl and the rest of the beloved Carl books, including Carl Goes Shopping, Carl’s Christmas, Carl’s Birthday and Carl’s Snowy Afternoon. Darling was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a large and close-knit family. Painting was a popular family recreation, and almost every family excursion included one or more easels and a variety of sketch pads, chalks, paints, and pencils. For four years, the family lived on a hundred-acre farm in Kentucky. Here young Sandra grew especially fond of riding and training horses, and became a dog owner for the first time. Living in the country also provided plenty of time for reading, a life-long passion.

Sandra illustrated her first book in 1983: The Teddy Bears' Picnic, a popular children's song by Jimmy Kennedy. That same year, she was visiting Zurich, Switzerland, when she came across a volume of old German picture sheets, one of which featured a poodle playing with a baby who was supposed to be taking a nap. This image proved the inspiration for Good Dog, Carl. The Darlings' own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the model for the book's main character. Since then, two other Darling Rottweilers have posed as Carl in the seven sequels: the late Arambarri, who was named for one of the Darlings' favorite jai alai players; and Zabala, who currently moonlights as an Our Best Friend therapy dog, visiting hospitals to cheer patients.
 
About her work Sandra says: ""I think that one of the reasons my illustrations have appealed to people is that they can sense my sincerity. I know that marvels exist which are just outside our ordinary experience, but that at any moment we may turn a corner and encounter one of them. Children also believe this, and because they and I have this conviction in common, we, as creator and audience, make good partners."" Sandra lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Harold.


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Carl and the Sick Puppy (My Readers Level 1)
My Readers
Alexandra Day
Square Fish

Taking care of a sick child is not easy, and it’s no different for Carl. When he agrees to care for Daddy Dog’s sick puppy, Carl is run ragged by Puppy’s...


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Carl at the Dog Show
Carl
Alexandra Day; Illustrated by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Madeleine’s mom has to help Carl's Cousin, Gamble, get ready to compete in his event at the dog show, and she tells Carl and Madeleine to meet her by the show...


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Carl and the Kitten (My Readers Level 1)
My Readers
Alexandra Day
Square Fish

A kitten is stuck up in a tree. How is the kitten going to get down? Can Carl find a way to help the kitten get down from the tree safely?


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Carl and the Baby Duck (My Readers Level 1)
My Readers
Alexandra Day
Square Fish

My Readers Level 1: Carl, the lovable rottweiler from the classic picture books, is helping Mama Duck to find one of her baby ducks in this all new story...


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Carl and the Puppies (My Readers Level 1)
My Readers
Alexandra Day
Square Fish

My Readers Level 1: Carl, the lovable rottweiler from the classic picture books, is babysitting three rowdy puppies while Mama takes a nap in this all new...


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Carl's Snowy Afternoon
Carl
Alexandra Day; Illustrated by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

When Madeleine’s parents go to the Pond Party, they leave Carl and the baby at home for a cozy winter afternoon with a babysitter. But Carl and Madeleine have...


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Carl's Summer Vacation
Carl
Alexandra Day; Illustrated by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Carl and Madeleine are supposed to be napping while Mom and Dad get the summer cabin ready for company, but this lovable canine and his charge have better...


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You're A Good Dog, Carl
Carl
Alexandra Day
Square Fish

“Move over, Mary Poppins, and make room for Carl.”—Publishers Weekly


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Carl's Sleepy Afternoon
Carl
Alexandra Day
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A new book to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Good Dog, Carl Carl is finally back! Once again, Alexandra Day has concocted a very busy day for the...


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Follow Carl!
Carl
Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Carl is back in his ninth adventure! Children barking at a squirrel in a tree? Carrying sticks in their mouths? Begging for food? Who could be responsible...


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Carl's Birthday
Carl
Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Happy birthday, Carl! But can Mom surprise him? No way. As hard as Mom tries, Madeleine and her canine babysitter extraordinaire are hot on her trail, tasting...


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Carl Goes to Daycare
Carl
Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Carl the rottweiler takes charge when things take an unexpected turn at the day care center he is visiting.


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Carl's Afternoon in the Park
Carl
Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Carl, the baby, and a new puppy spend an eventful afternoon in the park, riding on a carousel, romping in the flowers, and visiting a children's zoo.


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Carl's Christmas
Carl
Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A family's faithful dog and the baby left in his charge share an adventure-filled Christmas Eve.


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Carl Goes Shopping
Carl
Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

When Carl is told to mind the baby at a department store, the faithful Rottweiler and his little friend do some mischievous exploring.


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