Carl Goes to Daycare

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Carl the rottweiler takes charge when things take an unexpected turn at the day care center he is visiting.

Carl the rottweiler takes charge when things take an unexpected turn at the day care center he is visiting.

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Carl the rottweiler takes charge when things take an unexpected turn at the day care center he is visiting.

Carl the rottweiler takes charge when things take an unexpected turn at the day care center he is visiting.

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"In this almost wordless fantasy Carl takes charge of a daycare center when the teacher accidentally gets locked outside...Sure to be one of the favorites in a deservedly popular series." —Booklist
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mice, a rottweiler, an arachnid and a few other assorted critters make sturdy reappearances in five board book versions of picture books. In Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint, ``three white mice on a white piece of paper" enjoy a colorful romp, while in Walsh's Mouse Count a similar gaggle narrowly escapes being served for dinner (Harcourt/Red Wagon, $6 each, 28p, ages 1-3 ISBN 0-15-200265-0; -200266-9 Sept.). Yet another mouse searches the animal kingdom for companionshipand finds an unexpected respondentin Eric Carle's Do You Want to Be My Friend? (HarperFestival, $6.95, 32p, ages 2-6, ISBN 0-694-00709-9 Sept.). The rewards of industriousness are celebrated in a second Carle title, The Very Busy Spider; its embossed web brings a tactile dimension to his familiar collage artwork (Philomel, $9.95, 26p, ages 2-up ISBN 0-399-22919-1 Aug.). Finally, the canine in question is Alexandra Day's beloved Carl, who takes charge of a crew of toddlers in Carl Goes to Day Care (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $5.95, ages 1-3 ISBN 0-374-31145-5 Sept.).
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Familiar characters are a sure success and this year has brought new books that focus on characters much beloved by children. Young children will be comforted in the transition to school, like the young heroine when that good canine Carl goes to daycare. The few words show the flurry of early school fun and hold humor for adults who are sharing the book.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-The lovable Rottweiler returns, this time accompanying his young owner on a visit to a daycare center. When the teacher accidentally gets locked outside, Carl takes charge. His reading skills stand him in good stead as he consults the posted list of planned activities and oversees the children in an atmosphere of controlled chaos. Day juxtaposes the indoor scenes with the imaginative but unsuccessful efforts of the teacher as she tries to get into the building. Carl finally solves that problem, too. Fans of the intelligent canine will enjoy the latest entry in the series, and many preschoolers will recognize familiar details of daycare life.-Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Ellen Mandel
In his previous appearances, Carl the rottweiler has looked after baby Madeleine when her mother takes a brief excursion, as in "Carl's Afternoon in the Park" (1991), or when her parents both go out for the evening, as in "Carl's Masquerade". But this time Carl takes charge of a roomful of children when Madeleine's pull-toy dislodges the day-care room's doorstop, locking the teacher out and Carl and all the youngsters in. Not prone to panic, Carl follows the posted list of the day's activities, from music time to nap time. All the while, the teacher is spotted outside futilely trying to pry open the window, unscrew the door lock, climb through the skylight, and even pull the door down with her car. Finally she holds a sign up in the window requesting Carl to open the door. Once again, Day's expressive paintings energetically detail the comic scene; just a few lines of conversational text introduce and conclude the story, which is sure to be a favorite in a deservedly popular series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374310936
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: Carl Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 10.79 (h) x 0.39 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    Minimal Text gets the Creative Juices Flowing!!!

    Carl the rottweiler takes charge when things take an unexpected turn at the day care center he is visiting. As usual, Carl SAVES the day, and the children he so lovingly looks after. Had it not been for Carl, who knows what kind of mayhem may have ensued after the Daycare Teacher accidently gets locked out of the classroom? In this nearly wordless book, children will enjoy being able to anticipate what Carl will do next to prevent yet another disaster. My daughter LOVES this book! At 5 she is an AVID reader, has been reading on her own since 3 years old, yet she LOVES this book despite the minimal text. The lack of text opens up the mind for creativity, and enables your child to create their own storyline to match what they see transpiring in the illustrations. We never tire of this book, and have fun night after night creating voices for all of the children and the exasperated teacher as she tries to re-enter the classroom, through some VERY creative measures. The fun lies in creating new dialogue for all of them time after time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2006

    Great Grandma Lap Book

    This is a great Grandma lap book to read and share with your grandkids. A cute story and very wonderful pictures!!!

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