Alexandra Day; Illustrated by the author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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 things to do. They escape from the hammock to do some canoeing, pick blackberries, and enjoy a picnic. Carl even plays a little baseball! That night, Mom and Dad wonder why the two are so tired – little do they know that Carl and Madeleine have been busy exploring all that a summer vacation on the lake has to offer.
Told mainly through Alexandra Day’s gorgeous oil paintings, this summertime romp will make readers long to bring Carl along on their own vacations!
“Carl . . . shows no signs of aging in the 11th book in a series that has 3 million copies in print. . . . It’s vintage Alexandra Day: a few words of text driven by rich, expressive watercolors.” — USA TODAY
“Young Madeleine and her loyal pup, Carl, are up to their same tricks in this charming addition to a whimsical series. . . . A strong, solid addition.” — School Library Journal
“Carl the protective Rottweiler and Madeleine the charming toddler return for another playful adventure in this popular series. . . . Day's paintings are as charming as ever, particularly in the joyful scenes of Madeleine riding on Carl's back.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The text is minimal and rightly so, as Day knows just how to make a story move through pictures alone.” —Horn Book
“The painting's dreamlike quality captures the lazy summer day feel. Fans of Carl will delight in this summertime romp.” —BookLoons
“The attraction, as always, is the evocative watercolor art, coupled here with the fantasy of having secret fun.” —Booklist