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Carl Goes Shopping

By Alexandra Day (Author) & Alexandra Day (Illustrator)
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Item description for Carl Goes Shopping by Alexandra Day...

Mom asks Carol to keep an eye on the baby, and, after a series of adventures in the department store, Carl must return the diapered tyke to his carriage before his absence is noticed.

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

Citations And Professional Reviews
Carl Goes Shopping by Alexandra Day has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1992

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.48" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Board Books
Release Date   Oct 1, 1992
Publisher   Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Age  2-5
ISBN  0374311013  
ISBN13  9780374311018  

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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'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.

Alexandra Day currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Carl Goes Shopping?

Who doesn't love Carl?  Mar 26, 2008
My baby loves to explain the pictures to me. I think this helps them to learn better/faster.

Cute book!
Carl has only one true master ...  Jan 30, 2008

I always got the feeling that the "Carl" series was a feeble attempt at obliquely lavishing Satanism onto the minds of young children. Carl's ominous stance and focused, yet glaring control over the toddler seems like a veiled and shadowy attempt at mind control and looks like a deleted scene from one of the Omen films.

Many people have spoken out about this series of books over time and have been shouted down in the process by the militant and frothing fans that associate themselves with this very strange and very suspect material.

Historically, Rottweiler's have been associated as Hell hounds, Demoniacally possessed, guardians of souls, in both film and literature throughout the ages. When the parents relinquish control of their toddlers to "Carl", it comes across, subtly, like it's a passive reference to giving up your child as a sacrifice to Satan, himself.

Drowning your baby and throwing them down into a dark abyss are close to the top of situations that occur in Satanic Ritual Abuse cases nationwide and finding them as dramatic and comical situations in a children's book series leads one to raise an eyebrow and question the true motivations of Alexandra Day. Drowning, burying a child alive and immolation are the three most common occurrences with SRA crimes in America today, pawning them off as children's educational fare is suspect. All of these instances, and more, show up in all of the Alexandra Day books that are currently published.

I first became familiar with "Carl" when I was admiring the artwork while passing a large display conveniently placed in a large walkway at Nordstrom's. The artwork is really fine quality and rivals that of many children's books. But the stories themselves though lead one to only grimace and feel confronted with downright concern. Here are just a sampling of themes and situations that occur throughout the "Carl" series:

1. "Carl" rides away with child on its back, which is reminiscent of illustrations from Dante's Inferno.
2. Toddler falls into a large fish tank, symbolizing a dark baptism.
3. Infant is abandoned in a park and left under the auspicious control of "Carl" to vagabond and live hedonistically.
4. "Carl" locks adults out of a classroom, separating the child from adult supervision.
5. "Carl" leads the unsuspecting child into a burning building to save its offspring and a likely death.
6. "Carl" leads the child to a druggist for an all-to-obvious rendezvous.
7. "Carl" leads child into explicit adult situations with photographic equipment and double-entendre's to bear witness to lascivious deeds.
8. "Carl" takes control of the child during Christ's birthday, avoiding church and leading the baby into a freezing white blizzard, painting a sarcastic analogy of Heaven.
9. "Carl" leads the baby into a dark cellar on his birthday and disappears with the child for an inordinate period of time, only to return looking oddly disheveled.
10. "Carl" attacks three children and mauls a young female toddler on her hindquarters in "Follow Carl". Obvious punishment when you don't "Follow Carl".

The problem with the series is that while the goal might have been to make a cute story out of a Rottweiler and a child, it left more people than not, the dour feeling that something else was going on below the surface of the story and the parallels are all too remarkable.

Carl is great fun for toddlers  Nov 28, 2007
Once again, Carl and baby are off on an adventure, this time doing all the things that you know your toddler would love to do if let loose in a department store. It's a lot of fun to "read" and the Carl books are great for being stories that even a young child can enjoy by themself because there are so few words. The dress-up scene is especially good.

I think the controversy over whether it is bad role-modeling is just silly. These books explore a child's desire to get to do fun exciting things without her parents' watchful eyes in a safe way. The only thing that bothered me at all was that I think Carl steals a box of dog treats for himself, but it is unclear (they may have been free samples).

The images in this book seem somewhat less polished in places, there are a couple where the baby's face looks positively ugly in comparison with other Carl books. Unfortunately, we got this as a board book instead of full-size. Maybe the full-size version doesn't have those problems. The images are really the whole story, so be sure to buy it at a large enough size to appreciate!
Smaller Size Detracts  Aug 16, 2007
My almost 2-year old daughter loves the Carl books. I don't really like these smaller board books as much as the large hardcover books that we have, but she doesn't seem to mind the difference and carries the board books around with her.
Carl Goes Shopping  Jan 9, 2007
Great book. My three-year-olds have loved it for at least a year, especially enjoying that the store has an elevator and pet and toy sections as well. Seems to appeal to a wide developmental range.

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