Follow Carl!


Carl is back in his ninth adventure!

Children barking at a squirrel in a tree? Carrying sticks in their mouths? Begging for food? Who could be responsible for such silly shenanigans except everybody's favorite baby-sitter, Carl, who takes a group of neighborhood children on a lively game of Follow the Leader. Readers will want to follow Carl's exploits through town and country again and again, and Alexandra ...

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Carl is back in his ninth adventure!

Children barking at a squirrel in a tree? Carrying sticks in their mouths? Begging for food? Who could be responsible for such silly shenanigans except everybody's favorite baby-sitter, Carl, who takes a group of neighborhood children on a lively game of Follow the Leader. Readers will want to follow Carl's exploits through town and country again and again, and Alexandra Day's lush autumnal landscapes are the perfect setting for the funny goings-on in the game.

Carl, the dog, leads a group of children around the neighborhood in the game of follow the leader.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In Carl's latest adventure, the children come to the beloved and gentle Rottweiler, congregating outside his bedroom window and asking him to come outside and play follow the leader. . .Youngsters will delight in following Carl through these pages again and again." --Booklist

Parents Magazine
Carl is the baby-sitter every family needs.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Day's latest does not lead the pack of her almost wordless picture books about the baby-sitting rottweiler Carl, but it nevertheless offers an idyllic vision to its readers. Carl and baby Madeleine are supposed to be napping when the neighborhood children approach the bedroom window and suggest a game of Follow the Leader. "You can be the leader!" they tell Carl amid the book's sole passage of text. Less mischievous than in his previous appearances (skipping out during naptime is Carl's only real prank here), the irresistible rottweiler conducts the children on a walk through suburban fields, pausing to lead them in stretching out their back legs, marching atop a short stone ledge, etc. With Madeleine riding Carl pony-style, they go to town, sit up and beg (successfully) for treats at a bakery and try out the revolving door of a well-stocked toy store. By the time Madeleine's mother comes to check on the nappers, everyone (including Carl's old friend the Irish terrier) is back in Madeleine's bedroom, striking sleeping-dog poses. Carl is at his doggiest: he has the kids rolling over, carrying sticks in their mouths and chasing a squirrel. Day's watercolors look so natural that it's possible to believe the story for a minute or two-certainly, the combination of grassy settings, friendly village shops and, of course, tender companionship adds up to an excursion virtually any reader would enjoy. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Linnea Hendrickson
In another in the popular series of stories about Carl, the great, gentle, black rottweiler, the children play Follow the leader with Carl as leader. In this mostly wordless story, the youngest child rides on the dog's back and is sometimes carried in his teeth, as the children follow him through their leafy suburban neighborhood, walking along a stone wall, treeing a squirrel, begging for cookies, playing in a revolving glass door, interrupting a game of croquet, running with sticks, and jumping over a stream. The book begins and ends with nap time for Carl and the little girl. The lively, impressionistic watercolors of the group's antics capture a lovely and fleeting image of childhood as we'd all like it to be.
Kirkus Reviews
A game of follow-the-leader doesn't need words when Carl the dog is at the head of the pack. Day (Carl's Birthday, 1995, etc.) uses her familiar, expressive watercolors to tell this tale, wordless except for an energetic group of children's opening invitation (in dialogue) to Carl to come be their leader. Of course, that means that some of the actions the children have to follow will be more canine than others: Carl not only runs through yards, and bounds over walls, he also begs for biscuits, steals a ball, and dashes away with a stick in his mouth. The kids have great fun keeping pace, and when everyone is worn out, there is a surprised mother who finds not just Carl and toddler napping, but the whole gang of children as well, "paws" in the air, just like their fearless snoozing leader. This roving adventure is sure to inspire plenty of conversation among preschoolers anxious to help tell the tale. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374343804
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Carl Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 447,844
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.77 (w) x 10.77 (h) x 0.37 (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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