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Carl

Carl is everyone’s favorite babysitting rottweiler. In these delightful children’s picture books, told mainly through lush, wordless spreads, Carl and baby Madeleine go on all kinds of adventures–to the park, through a department store, to a masquerade party and more–and always make it back before Mother knows they’re gone. Join them for birthday and Christmas celebrations, for fun in the sun and a snowy day romp. Wherever Carl goes, there’s sure to be goodhearted fun.

  • Carl's Halloween
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    • Carl's Halloween

    • Carl
      Alexandra Day
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • Mom has to go help Grandma, but it's Halloween, and Carl and Madeleine don't want to miss out on the fun. So after Mom leaves, they make their own costumes and go out trick-or-treating by themselves....

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  • Carl at the Dog Show
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    • Carl at the Dog Show

    • Carl
      Alexandra Day; Illustrated by the author
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • 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 ring. Do Carl and Madeleine listen?...

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  • Carl's Snowy Afternoon
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    • Carl's Snowy Afternoon

    • Carl
      Alexandra Day; Illustrated by the author
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • 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 plans of their own— they want to play...

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  • Carl's Summer Vacation
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    • Carl's Summer Vacation

    • Carl
      Alexandra Day; Illustrated by the author
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • 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...

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  • Carl's Sleepy Afternoon
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    • Carl's Sleepy Afternoon

    • Carl
      Alexandra Day
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • 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 amazing...

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  • Carl's Birthday
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    • Carl's Birthday

    • Carl
      Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • 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 the party punch, peeking at presents, and adding some of their own favorite decorations.

      "Another winner." --School Library Journal

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  • Carl Goes Shopping
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    • Carl Goes Shopping

    • Carl
      Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • Carl Goes Shopping is a beautifully illustrated children’s book in the Carl series from author/artist Alexandra Day featuring everyone’s favorite babysitting Rottweiler.

      When...

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  • Carl's Christmas
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    • Carl's Christmas

    • Carl
      Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • Join beloved babysitting Rottweiler Carl in author/artist Alexandra Day’s perfectly joyous holiday children’s picture book, Carl’s Christmas.

      After helping...

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  • Carl's Afternoon in the Park
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    • Carl's Afternoon in the Park

    • Carl
      Alexandra Day; Pictures by the author
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • 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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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.