Item description for Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day...
Overview Lively and unusual things happen when Carl the dog is left in charge of the baby
Publishers Description Available in paperback for the first time, the modern classic that introduced the beloved baby-sitting rottweiler to the world.
Citations And Professional Reviews Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 07/07/1997
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 646
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Studio: Aladdin Paperbacks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 7.27" Height: 0.22" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1997
Publisher Aladdin Paperbacks
ISBN 0689817711 ISBN13 9780689817717
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 Good Dog, Carl?
Charming and nicely illustrated Dec 23, 2007
Great books with just a few words at the beginning, then even little ones who can't read yet can help you tell the story by looking at the illustrations. Highly recommended for animal lovers.
Good Dog Book Jun 27, 2007
This author shows her love and appreciation for a great big rottweiller. It is great to see a rottweiller shown in a positively interacting with a family. This is a must have book for anyone with small children and a beloved rottie.
Fantastic for getting kids talking. Jun 14, 2007
I am a speech language pathologist currently working in a preschool program for children with language and hearing disabilities. Our team has found the Carl books to be a wonderful tool for evaluating and practicing language skills. If SLPs are looking for a good diagnostic tool for narrative and sentance structure, these books are a great way to go. The same holds true for parents who want to encourage expressive language development in their little ones. PS - None of our clients (and many of them have severe developmental delays) have ever tried to drown themselves in our lobby fish tank. If your child seems inclined to do so, perhaps a lid on the tank would be helpful.
so cute May 12, 2007
Great book for all ages. You can make up stories for each page as well.
Could Carl Babysit Me? Feb 16, 2007
You read this story by reading the highly detailed pictures. The baby climbs out of the crib onto Carl's back. Carl then takes her on many adventures: climbing onto Mom and Dad's bed, dressing up with Mom's powder puff and necklace (Carl with a "hat" and necklace on is totally funny), sliding down the laundry chute "slide", "swimming" in the fish aquarium. Carl turns on the radio, and they dance in the living room. Carl and the baby get bread and butter from the refrigerator for a snack. Carl helps her make chocolate milk. Then he carries her to the bath tub and washes and dries her himself, seeing that she climbs back into the crib. Then Carl goes back through the house and cleans up the little messes they made. When Mom comes home, baby is sleeping in the crib and Carl is waiting beside it. He looks very submissive, and Mom praises him for being so good. This book is a delight because a young child can "read" it all the years they are pre-reading children. The pictures are delighftully done and quite detailed, so they can be viewed again and again with interest. I particularly like it that Carl is portrayed as a gentle, big dog. We all know some of the "bad dog" breeds can be quite gentle around little children, and helpful to them, even. I am glad I found this book and will be giving it to youngsters as much as I can!!! I think even the youngest can understand this book is "make believe" and "baby and Carl couldn't really do these things". I was stopped short from "riding" my favorite goat by my Dad's instructions. Later when I was much taller, I figured out I could "ride" her by pretending as I was now tall enough to not put any weight on her back (which was not a pony's). I'm noticing the book is dedicated "To H.D., who has never let us forget about Ponies".