You're A Good Dog, Carl


Alexandra Day

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“Take good care of the baby, Carl.”

Mother knows she can trust Carl, a large and lovable Rottweiler, to watch over baby Madeleine. What she doesn’t know is that the minute she’s gone, Carl and the baby gallop off on adventures. In this collection of six of Alexandra Day’s popular Carl stories, Carl and the baby explore a department store, a park, and even a masquerade ball—and always make it back before Mother knows they’re gone. Carl and Madeleine’s joyful romps, told mainly through lush, wordless spreads, are gathered together here for the first time, and will delight children and all those who take care of them.

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Praise for You're A Good Dog, Carl

You’re a Good Dog, Carl:
“The responsible Rottweiler is back in a deluxe omnibus . . . Admirers can enjoy Alexandra Day’s nearly wordless text and lush oil paintings . . .”—Publishers Weekly
“Each of Day’s colorful illustrations projects a lively activity, and each is filled with delightful humor. The detailed and realistic illustrations can be looked at again and again, and something new is seen each time . . . This deluxe edition would be a wonderful holiday gift for any child or dog-lover, especially one who is partial to Rottweilers. You might want to get two—keep one for yourself.”—Armchair Interviews

Carl Goes Shopping:
“Carl and baby go browsing . . . in and out of mischief. Well done.”—The New York Times

Carl’s Masquerade:
“Settings are sumptuously evoked, fully peopled and lushly colored . . . everybody’s fantasy fiesta.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Carl’s Afternoon in the Park:
“The illustrations, in lustrous oils, are a handsome counterpoint to the whimsy of the narratives.”—People Magazine

Carl Goes to Daycare:
“Another charmer.”—Kirkus Reviews

Carl’s Birthday:
“Party scenes contrast brightly with everyday life in [this] winner.”—School Library Journal

Follow Carl!:
“[Day’s] knowledge and love of dogs and children, compounded by her keen imaginings of what they would enjoy doing together, bring joy to her playful depictions.”—Booklist

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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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You're A Good Dog, Carl
Alexandra Day


Square Fish
October 2007
ISBN: 9780312371302
ISBN10: 0312371306
Picture Book
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, 200 pages, Full-color illustrations
Age Range: 3 to 6
Grade Range: p to 1 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: -L
AR Quiz Number: 135019
AR Book Level: 3.5
AR Points: 0.5


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