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Carl Goes Shopping

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by Alexandra Day

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This delightful board book features Carl the rottweiler who is assigned to guard the baby while its mother shops, but who takes baby on a shopping adventure of its own.


This delightful board book features Carl the rottweiler who is assigned to guard the baby while its mother shops, but who takes baby on a shopping adventure of its own.

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“In this engaging outing, Day supplies a self-reliant, thoughtful, and thoroughly entertaining canine. . .A largely wordless story with ample action and humor to sustain repeated enjoyment.” —Starred, Booklist
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carl the Rottweiler and the inquisitive baby are off and running again. In Good Dog Carl , this delightful duo confined its adventures to the house; here, mother displays more confidence in her ``babysitter'' by leaving the twosome by themselves in a busy department store while she goes in search of curtains. After a whirlwind inspection of the toy, millinery and book departments--baby is enthralled with a copy of Rottweilers I Have Known --Carl and his charge head for the electronics section where they try out the camcorders and manage to get themselves on all the TV screens. Famished after a romp through carpeting, they sample crackers and dog biscuits in the gourmet section. Spotting mother on her way to the ``DOWN'' escalator, the adventurers streak back to the carriage and innocently await her return. Animated tempera paintings convey the same endearing quality evidenced in Day's previous book; once again she presents a winning combination of hilarious and tender moments in this--practically--wordless charmer. Ages 3-up. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
PreS-- In this sequel to Good Dog, Carl (Green Tiger, 1985), that mischievious rottweiler Carl is told to ``take good care of baby'' while the mother shops for curtains. Of course, a department store offers too much adventure for Carl and baby to stay in one place, so with baby riding ``doggy back,'' the two start their playful journey through various departments--toys, electronics, home interiors, food, and pets--before Carl delivers baby back to her buggy moments before the unsuspecting mother's return. The idea of a dog and child enjoying an uninhibited romp through a department store certainly has child appeal; however, this almost wordless picture book has an adult perspective. Day's detailed, rich-toned paintings are well executed and tell the story, but the style is too sophisticated for very young children to appreciate. Grasping the illustrations' subtle humor depends on the ability to read and understand the store signs. Although seemingly an infant/toddler book, this one is more for Mom and Dad than Junior. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI

Product Details

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Carl Series
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Product dimensions:
8.79(w) x 10.71(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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'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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Carl Goes Shopping 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a wonderful, heartwarming classic; we all loved reading it together.