Carl's Christmasby Alexandra Day
Readers of all ages will delight in the latest antics of the much-beloved Rottweiler, Carl, and his baby charge. The two wait up for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, but only Carl is awake when he finally comes--and that's when the real magic begins. Full color throughout.
“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
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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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.
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.