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Carl's Summer Vacation

Carl's Summer Vacation


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!

Praise for Carl's Summer Vacation

“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


Reviews from Goodreads

Alexandra Day; Illustrated by the author

Alexandra Day is the author and illustrator 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. The Darlings' own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the original model for the main character of Good Dog, Carl. Since then, two other Darling Rottweilers have posed as Carl in the 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.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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