Carl's Christmas
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Carl's Christmas

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by Alexandra Day

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A family's faithful dog and the baby left in his charge share an adventure-filled Christmas Eve.


A family's faithful dog and the baby left in his charge share an adventure-filled Christmas Eve.

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“Carl the big black dog is babysitting once again, this time on Christmas Eve while his owners go to church...The canine and his charge have a wonderful time...The visual depth of the illustrations gives this sweet book an appeal beyond its primary audience.” —Booklist

“A delight, bound to please the good dog's old friends-- and win him plenty of new ones.” —Publishers Weekly

“Carl is the babysitter every family needs.” —Parents Magazine

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The words ``Take good care of the baby, Carl''--practically the only words in Day's books about the lovable rottweiler--trigger giggles of delight from readers of all ages. And though Carl's Christmas has much in common with its predecessor, Carl Goes Shopping , the new book has charms all its own. Carl is imbued with enough ``good will towards man'' to warm a whole town, and on Christmas Eve he and his infant charge venture forth to spread holiday cheer. Carl donates a basket of goodies to the needy (the baby contributes his hat), then lends his ``voice'' to a group of carolers. Back at home, awakened by strange sounds, Carl investigates; his expression as he comes face-to-face with his first reindeer is priceless. While this may not be Carl's most original adventure, it's still a delight, bound to please the good dog's old friends--and win him plenty of new ones. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Carl's Christmas is a wordless holiday romp with the mischievous baby and his beloved dog. Carl is the babysitter on Christmas Eve while his owners attend church service. The illustrations are great and the story will appeal to very young kids and older kids will appreciate the humor and the art.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Looking for stocking stuffers for children that are old enough for a real story, but still young enough to destroy books, try the board book version of Carl's Christmas. It is a wordless holiday romp with the mischievous baby and his beloved dog.
School Library Journal
`` `We're going to Grandma's and then to church. Take good care of the baby, Carl' '' is the opening and sole text for this wordless story of the canine Carl and his babysitting talents. In the parents' absence, Carl gives the baby a ride downstairs where they decorate a potted plant. Then, the unflappable dog gets the baby into his outdoor outfit and they're off to town. Once home again, Carl greets the cow-faced reindeer, ushers Santa through the door, helps disperse gifts, and sees the jolly old fellow off up the chimney. Day's paintings are fond renderings of the rottweiler and his baby charge in their modern-day, old Victorian mansion. Readers may wonder how a dog gets a baby into sleepers and up on his back for the ride to bed, but no matter in this fantasy. Carl lovers don't ask questions--capable Carl can do anything.

Product Details

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
Carl Series
Edition description:
Board Book Editions
Product dimensions:
4.88(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
3 - 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 Goes Shopping, 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's Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the illistration such a wonderful story. I have had rottwielers for over 20 years and all the Good Dog Carl books are remarkably illistrated and so true to a rotti's behavior. I give my niece a book for every birthday & christmas because the breed is so dear to my heart and should be recognized as such a wonderful family dog.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book when i was three, every time i read it the story changed. Now that I'm sixteen i still love to read it and change the story everyday.