Carl at the Dog Show

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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? Of course not! They immediately set off to explore—they help groom other dogs, have a snack, test out dog beds, create an agility test of their own—all with hilarious results and mom none the wiser. With its minimal text and Alexandra Day's signature art, CARL GOES TO THE DOG SHOW is sure to please Carl fans, Rottweiler ...

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Overview

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? Of course not! They immediately set off to explore—they help groom other dogs, have a snack, test out dog beds, create an agility test of their own—all with hilarious results and mom none the wiser. With its minimal text and Alexandra Day's signature art, CARL GOES TO THE DOG SHOW is sure to please Carl fans, Rottweiler lovers, and dog enthusiasts of all sorts.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this addition to Day’s long-running series, Carl accompanies Madeleine to a dog show where a fellow rottweiler is competing. Successive wordless spreads offer warmly naturalistic depictions of the show. Carl and Madeleine watch as the competing dogs are bathed and groomed, try out the dog beds, and see the winners (categories include “Tallest Dog” and “Best Catcher”); readers will undoubtedly want to elect Carl for “Best Friend.” The breeds that appear throughout are identified in appended pages for children to locate. All ages. (Jan.)
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“…readers will undoubtedly want to elect Carl for ‘Best Friend.’”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Each spread offers much to look at in itself and rewards close attention, as when we see a small dog curiously nosing a toy on a sales rack only to be politely given the toy by Carl on the next page.”—Horn Book Magazine

 “Mischievous Madeleine and her canine companion, Carl the Rottweiler, attend a dog show in this latest entry in the long-running series.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Without many words, this book tells another story of Carl, the loveable Rottweiler. With only a few sentences, this almost wordless picture book serves as an initial step towards reading at home or in school. The story is told through a sequence of beautiful, full-color illustrations. Carl and his family are going to a dog show in which his brother Rottweiler, Gamble, is competing. Mother helps with Gamble and cautions young Madeline and Carl not to get into trouble while touring the dog show. They immediately set off to explore, a mischievous little girl and her faithful pal on an adventurous tour of the show. They mingle with the other dogs, take in some of the competitions and dress in storybook costumes. Carl looks great wearing a Goldilocks wig while Madeline dresses as baby bear. They help groom other dogs, try out treats and toys, and test out dog beds. Sensing it's time to meet Mother, Carl becomes Madeline's pony and they race to the designated meeting site. The book is sure to please Carl fans, Rottweiler lovers, and dog enthusiasts of all sorts. As children follow the pictures, they can begin to verbalize the action in their own words, a process that helps to build vocabulary and comprehension skills. Children will interpret the story in their own way and learn that stories have a beginning, middle and an end. Other titles in the "Carl" series include Carl Goes Shopping, Carl's Christmas, Carl's Afternoon in the Park, Carl's Masquerade, Carl Goes to Daycare, Carl Makes a Scrapbook, Follow Carl!, Carl's Sleepy Afternoon, Carl's Summer Vacation and Carl's Snowy Afternoon. Be a dog detective on the last few pages and find the forty-one breeds in the story. A loveable, big dog story that will win readers over and over again. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
Kirkus Reviews
Mischievous Madeleine and her canine companion, Carl the Rottweiler, attend a dog show in this latest entry in the long-running series. Madeleine, a little girl of 4 or 5, is given permission by her mother to wander through the dog-show arena with Carl's help, meeting up later to watch Carl's brother in competition. Madeleine rides on Carl's back as they amble through the grooming and bathing areas, grabbing supplies and splashing in a washing tub. They visit display booths and vendors selling dog supplies, including a particularly intriguing booth selling coordinating costumes for dogs and their owners. Their journey concludes as Madeleine rides on Carl's back to meet her mother, who again is clueless as to the adventures her daughter and dog have just experienced. The three final pages show thumbnail sketches with the names of all the dog breeds shown in the busy illustrations of the dog-show setting. There are just a few lines of text at the beginning and end, spoken by the mother and the other dog owner, so young readers and adults sharing the story can make up their own version of Madeleine and her dog's adventures. Carl and his concept are getting a bit long in the tooth, but fans of the series and Rottweiler owners will still find Carl a charming canine character. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374310837
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Series: Carl Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 176,281
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    5 stars!!

    I love the Carl books. The illustrations are superb which shows sometimes you do not need many words to tell a story. Carl & Madeleine's antics are always a joy to see!!

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Kids just love it.

    I just thing this book and fun and cute.

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