Carl's Sleepy Afternoon

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A new book to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Good Dog, Carl

Carl is finally back! Once again, Alexandra Day has concocted a very busy day for the amazing and all-around resourceful Rottweiler Carl. His owner believes Carl is at home taking a nap, when really he’s making tracks all over town. He visits a bakery, makes a delivery for the pharmacist, helps out a veterinarian, and joins in a magician’s act in the park. But in the most ...

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Overview

A new book to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Good Dog, Carl

Carl is finally back! Once again, Alexandra Day has concocted a very busy day for the amazing and all-around resourceful Rottweiler Carl. His owner believes Carl is at home taking a nap, when really he’s making tracks all over town. He visits a bakery, makes a delivery for the pharmacist, helps out a veterinarian, and joins in a magician’s act in the park. But in the most important event of the day, Carl becomes a real hero when he rescues a litter of puppies from a fire.

With eight more pages of fun than in the previous Carl books, this captivating adventure, related mostly through pictures, will delight fans old and new.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Twenty years after making his debut in Good Dog, Carl, the Rottweiler who has charmed a generation of readers has lost none of his appeal - or his spunk. Day's stunningly realistic, brightly hued illustrations are as timeless and endearing as the plot. Carl fans young and old will cheer his return." — Starred, Publishers Weekly

"Another fan-pleasing, tongue-in-cheek outing." — Booklist

"That lovable canine and his adorable preschool companion return in another winsome picture book. The entertaining story is told through the gently detailed, warmly realistic paintings. This is a must-read." — School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Twenty years after making his debut in Good Dog, Carl, the Rottweiler who has charmed a generation of readers has lost none of his appeal-or his spunk. Here Madeleine's mother tells Carl that she and her daughter are going shopping so he "can have a nice nap." Not likely. When the driver of a thrift-shop van arrives to pick up donated items, Carl helps him load the goods and then jumps into the back of the vehicle, scooting out at a bakery where Madeleine and her mother have stopped. The cherubic tot gleefully spots Carl through the window and surreptitiously feeds him a cookie after he slips inside. The canine hero helps a pharmacist by delivering medicine to a vet, again meets up with Madeleine at a flower stand (where he purloins a bloom and places it in a woman's shopping bag) and rescues puppies from a burning garage. The dog arrives at home, just ahead of his owners. As in past Carl tales, Day injects wry, child-pleasing flourishes: for instance, Carl's appearances go undetected by Madeleine's mother. Playing the key role in relaying the action, Day's stunningly realistic, brightly hued illustrations are as timeless and endearing as the plot. Carl fans young and old will cheer his return as they discover that this anything-but-sleepy canine is aging very well indeed. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-That lovable canine and his adorable preschool companion return in another winsome picture book. As the story opens, the pup is supposed to stay home for an afternoon nap while Madeleine and her mother go shopping. Instead, the dog hitches a ride on a thrift-shop truck and jumps out in front of a bakery where Madeleine and her mom are buying sweets. Without Mom noticing, Carl enters the store and Madeleine feeds him a cookie. He then heads for the pharmacy, where he's enlisted to deliver a prescription to the vet. With his errand successfully completed, he continues on and winds up participating in an outdoor magic show and rescuing a dog and her puppies from a fire. He even stops in front of a bookstore with a poster mounted in the window-advertising a Carl book. The entertaining story is told through the gently detailed, warmly realistic paintings. There's a bit more text here than in previous books, but it flows well with the illustrations. This is a must-read for fans, and it stands well on its own.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374310882
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/5/2005
  • Series: Carl Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 182,744
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 10.91 (h) x 0.41 (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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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    A Picture Paints A Thousand Words

    The wonderful pictures grab attention. Creativity flows as the young reader tells his or her version of the story following the sequence of events without realizing they are learning at the same time. The reader not recognizing words still has the satisfaction of "reading" the book by himself or herself. I read Carl books with my son when he was a toddler and now my grandson also wants to read each of the Carl books at least a dozen times daily. Not only is it amazing to see a child so enthused about a book but the best part is that my son and grandson both told the story they saw but the words out of their mouths make it two different stories and the story has evolved into more detail as vocabulary and understanding has evolved. Carl's a loveable dog, the story the toddler
    tells memorable.

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