Carl's Nose

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In a town with nothing but bad weather, Carl's the dog to sniff out the storm. Folks can rely on him, which means that Carl has it made in the shade . . . and the wind, rain, and sleet. So when the climate suddenly takes a turn for the fair, what's a foul-weather dog to do?

     Karen Lee Schmidt has created a heartwarming tale with a subtle message about adapting to change. Readers will fall in love with Carl, a lovable doggy hero who's full of heart.

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Overview

In a town with nothing but bad weather, Carl's the dog to sniff out the storm. Folks can rely on him, which means that Carl has it made in the shade . . . and the wind, rain, and sleet. So when the climate suddenly takes a turn for the fair, what's a foul-weather dog to do?

     Karen Lee Schmidt has created a heartwarming tale with a subtle message about adapting to change. Readers will fall in love with Carl, a lovable doggy hero who's full of heart.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
All dogs have sensitive noses, but Carl's is particularly tuned to bad weather. And in Grimsville, where the storms come down regularly from Old Man Mountain and the weather is always awful, the folks tune in to Carl's daily weather forecast for details. When one day Old Man Mountain chooses to change to sunshine, Carl just cannot predict, and it is "dark days indeed" for him. He just naps and naps. But the town alarm sounds. Tiny Norman has wandered away and is lost in the forest. Awakened, Carl smells Norman's shoes and is drawn toward his scent. Despite the smells of danger deep in the forest, Carl follows the trail to find the frightened Norman. Acclaimed by the town, Carl is happy to have been of service again. When there is an occasional storm, the nose still serves him well. We first find Carl on the title page, running after a wispy blue odor. On the next page he is on TV forecasting the weather. After that he has his double-page close-up. Next we are introduced to the assorted anthropomorphic citizens watching his weather show in the local diner. Backgrounds are impressionistic. Loosely painted watercolor and gouache create particularly dramatic scenes when Carl is on his quest for Norman. But it is all in lighthearted fun.
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PreS-Gr 2-A dog with a nose for bad weather lives at the foot of Old Man Mountain. The mountain keeps the weather "worse than bad," but Grimsville can depend on "The Carl Report" for accurate forecasts. Suddenly and inexplicably, "Old Man Mountain took a sudden fancy to sunshine," and Carl's predictions are all wrong. However, when Tiny Norman gets lost in the forest, the dog finds his new calling as the sole proprietor of The Nose Knows Detective Agency. The gouache and watercolor illustrations evoke the North Woods, from the profusion of plaid to the bears, dogs, moose, and ever-present pine trees and gum boots. However, Big Marie, the hippopotamus who runs the cafe, is clearly from warmer climes. Clever listeners and readers will delight in the tiny details such as newspaper headlines and menu boards. Appropriately for the subject matter, noses appear from all angles in the pictures. Prose that begs to be read aloud abounds: from the "aroma of cumulus congestus" to "pungent peril" and "malodorous risk." This book's inviting illustrations, great vocabulary, and search-and-rescue mission will make it a hit at storytime.-Rita Hunt Smith, Hershey Public Library, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Carl is a cheerful chocolate lab in a red plaid shirt who serves as the town weatherman because of his highly developed sense of smell. He excels at sniffing out impending bad weather, which is all too common in the dreary town of Grimsville. During an unusual stretch of fine weather, Carl's forecasting abilities fail him, and he sinks into a depressed state of constant napping. The lethargic lab finally pulls himself out of bed to track down a missing friend by the scent from his smelly shoes, leading to a new career as a rescue dog. Schmidt uses some sophisticated vocabulary and perspectives in her work: For example, the conclusion is revealed subtly through a newspaper's front-page news articles glimpsed on the volume's final page, and other plot points are conveyed solely through the illustrations. Many of the watercolor-and-gouache paintings are dark and subdued to convey the depressive nature of Grimsville, but Carl remains an appealingly earnest character, who might use his advanced olfactory skills to find more cases to solve in further installments. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152050498
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN LEE SCHMIDT has illustrated many books for children. She divides her time between Virginia and Montana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK!

    I loved this book! It takes place in a mountain town populated by moose in ski caps, bears in aprons, and one special hound dog in a red houndstooth jacket named Carl. Carl predicts the weather with his amazing nose. Since in Grimsville it's always snowing or raining or 'the wind is whipping the clouds into a terrible fury', Carl has an exciting job. That is, until the sun comes out and every day is exactly like the one before it! What could Carl use his amazing nose for now? Carl's sad eyes pulled at my heart. Carl flopped on the couch, lumberjack-socked-paws over the arm, made me chuckle. I laughed out loud at the picture of Carl's nose picking up a new scent - but I can't tell you what his amazing nose sniffed this time! Karen Lee Schmidt's unique visual perspectives and rich colors draw the reader in. The expressions on the animals of Grimsville are lol delightful! (Big Marie, the hippo in pink, looks just like my auntie.) Plot twists makes this one a real edge- of-the-seat page turner for kids. I've been a fan of Ms. Schmidt's beautifully illustrated books for years -- but this one is the best!

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