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Carl's Snowy Afternoon

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by Alexandra Day

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When Madeleine's parents go to the Pond Party, they leave Carl and the baby at home for a cozy winter afternoon with a babysitter. But Carl and Madeleine have plans of their own— they want to play in the snow! After getting all bundled up, they sneak off to go sledding, build a snowman, and even make an appearance at the party and try sliding on the ice at the


When Madeleine's parents go to the Pond Party, they leave Carl and the baby at home for a cozy winter afternoon with a babysitter. But Carl and Madeleine have plans of their own— they want to play in the snow! After getting all bundled up, they sneak off to go sledding, build a snowman, and even make an appearance at the party and try sliding on the ice at the pond. Of course, resourceful Carl gets the baby home before her parents return—and the babysitter is never the wiser.

Everyone's favorite Rottweiler appears here in a wintertime romp.

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“The ageless Rottweiler Carl and toddler Madeleine are up to their usual tricks in a mischievous winter adventure, the 12th book in a series. Thanks to Madeleine's innocently oblivious parents and TV-fixated babysitter, Carl and Madeleine spend an unsupervised day making a snowman, sledding, exploring a frozen pond and liberating a few hot dogs. It's all told through Alexandra Day's lush paintings and just a few words.” —USA Today

“A decidedly warm adventure.” —Publishers Weekly

“Day's signature paintings invite children into a cheerful, bucolic, snowy setting.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Carl and Madeleine enjoy a winter's day in this addition to Carl's long string of escapades. Following her series' winning format, Day sets the scene for the duo's shenanigans with minimal text—the toddler's mother announces that she and her husband are going to the Pond Party and the TV-watching babysitter suggests that Madeleine eat her snack—and then lets lush paintings do the storytelling. They succeed splendidly, revealing cherubic Madeleine and the resourceful rottweiler escaping outdoors via the doggy door, helping neighbors make snowmen, sledding down a hill and catching snowflakes on their tongues. A highlight of their antics involves the two boldly cavorting on the frozen pond close by the girl's oblivious parents, a kid-tickling hallmark of Carl adventures. Pleasingly true to form, the pair manages to sneak back inside minutes before Madeleine's parents return. Among the fun flourishes are views of Carl purloining hot dogs from a vendor's grill and Madeleine, perched on Carl's back, removing a snowman's carrot nose for a hungry bunny. Despite its setting, it's a decidedly warm adventure. All ages. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Carl, the remarkable canine hero of a series of tales, returns to take his family's youngster on another basically wordless adventure. When the child is left with a new, obviously careless sitter, Carl helps his young buddy dress warmly for a joyful romp in the snow. They build a whole snow family, sled down a snowy hill, and slip and slide on an icy pond. Then, Carl gets hitched to a sled for a ride. He helps them both to hot dogs from a stand. As more snow begins to fall, the two adventurers climb back into the house, clean up, and are ready to greet the parents, who know nothing of the fun we have seen the pair have. The visual tale is told in naturalistic watercolors, presenting a most attractive snowy suburban landscape with the details of the adventures of child and dog, sometimes in double-page scenes and other times in action vignettes. Attractive, attentive Carl may help here to diminish some of the bad press about Rottweilers. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS—When Madeline's parents go to a party, the child and her lovable Rottweiler are left at home with a new babysitter. However, the teen's inattention allows the youngster and her pup to do what they really want to do—play outside. They leave the house through Carl's dog door and romp in the snow. They help the neighborhood kids build snowmen, go sledding down a hill, and try sliding on the ice. After Carl snatches two hot dogs from the hot-dog stand, he and Madeline make their way home, with no one the wiser about how they spent their day. The simple, occasional text adds a bit of detail to an otherwise wordless picture book. The realistic illustrations are charming, warm, and very funny, particularly the one of Carl sliding on the ice. A wonderful book to share with preschoolers for fun or to enhance pre-literacy skills.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH

Product Details

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
Carl Series
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(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 Christmas, and Carl's Birthday. 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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