Carrie and Carl Play

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Two young siblings find familiar ways to have fun with the help of some BIG flaps — and gentle surprises — just right for small readers.

Who is playing at home today? It’s Carrie and Carl, an adorable brother-sister pair who love building (and knocking down) blocks with Mommy, hunting for Daddy behind the curtain, turning a big box into a fast train, and fashioning giant shoes out of baking pans. Using inspiration from her own children, first-time author-illustrator Lois T. ...

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Overview

Two young siblings find familiar ways to have fun with the help of some BIG flaps — and gentle surprises — just right for small readers.

Who is playing at home today? It’s Carrie and Carl, an adorable brother-sister pair who love building (and knocking down) blocks with Mommy, hunting for Daddy behind the curtain, turning a big box into a fast train, and fashioning giant shoes out of baking pans. Using inspiration from her own children, first-time author-illustrator Lois T. Smith invites little ones to peek behind the flaps and find ways to have fun with found objects around the house — and a healthy dose of imagination.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
Carrie and Carl, two little children, are home playing with their parents. "What are Carrie and Mommy playing?" the book asks, showing them sitting on the floor, stacking up blocks. Turn the flap: all fall down! and the tower of blocks has toppled. Daddy hides behind a curtain and then is revealed when the flap is turned. Carl and Carrie play train in a box. Read in a cheerful tone, this book will make toddlers smile. The gouache paintings are a pleasant break from all the digitally-illustrated slickness on the New Books shelves lately (even if the children are sometimes oddly lumpy). The family might be interracial, with a black father and white mother, or it might be that they're all black. An eleven-month-old test subject found the book cheerful and interesting, although the pages were hard for her to turn. It would be good if this came in a board-book edition, as small children will enjoy flipping back and forth to see what happens in each lively scene.
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"Who is playing at home today?" asks the first page of this interactive book. Lifting a door flap opposite reveals the answer: It's Carrie and Carl! This engaging, attractive format continues for the rest of the book, posing questions about the family's activities and then answering them on the other side of the spread. The text consists of the kinds of simple, direct questions and answers that adults use to teach small children about their world. The warm gouache illustrations depict a biracial family enjoying the kinds of activities that toddlers love: playing peek-a-boo, knocking down blocks, etc. This book is sure to join Lucy Cousins's "Maisy" (Candlewick) and Eric Hill's "Spot" (Putnam) series as perennial toddler favorites.
—Rachael VilmarCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763616908
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,456,972
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois T. Smith, a first-time author-illustrator, says the story of Carrie and Carl was inspired by her own children and grandchildren. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
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