Item description for Carl's Birthday by Alexandra Day...
Overview With Carl the rottweiler's birthday coming up, Mom plans to surprise him with a party, but Carl and young Madeleine peek at presents, add their own decorations, and taste the party punch, with Mom none the wiser
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.
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Studio: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 6.5" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Binding Board Books
Release Date Sep 30, 1997
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN 0374311501 ISBN13 9780374311506
Availability 0 units.
More About 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'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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Carl's Birthday?
Super cute Dec 3, 2007
Carl is such a clever "dog".... this book makes Carl seem more human than in other stories. The first time i read it, I laughed out loud.
I like the Carl books more than other childrens books, because there aren't many words, which makes the interaction between parent & child so much better. "What is Carl doing here?" then the child has to look at the pictures and explain what is happening.
Carl's Birthday Oct 3, 2007
Be very careful if you intend to direct ship this to a recipient. No one loves Carl more than I, so I was eagerly looking forward to starting a new friend on her collection. My first book arrived and to my shock had page 10 one-third obliterated by a yellow ink swath. I returned the book and quickly received a replacement. WITH THE SAME DEFECT!!!!!!!!!! Frustrating calls to customer service only produced the suggestion that I try again and hope for the best. No one is apparently capable of opening this simple book and checking for the misprint. After notifying the publisher of this site's sale of second quality books, I cancelled and ordered from Barnes and Noble. I would be even more upset if this had been sent as a gift. You take your chances with this one. Sheila in NC
Good but not great Aug 27, 2006
We've got all the Carl books! If you're just starting out I'd recommend Carl's Masquerade or Good Dog, Carl. If you have to have all the Carl books (like we did!), then by all means, go for it.
The wordless story is always a hit with my toddler. We can make the story as short or long as she likes.
The most beautiful children's book ever Feb 5, 2006
This is just the most beautiful children's book. The watercolor pictures are magical. The story is told mostly in these wonderful pictures. You can tell it slightly differently each time, and your child can make up words when old enough. The pictures tell a story that is full of love, humor, and happiness. It just warms my heart. My son and I love it equally. We received it as a gift and plan to buy the rest of the Carl books. What a joy of a book.
Love that Carl! Oct 18, 2001
I'm a mission to purchase all the Carl books. I think it's a great way to show children how wonderful animals and pets can be. I especially like the board book format. It will allow my baby to enjoy it for a long time.