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.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Follow Carl is a wordless story about a rottweiler dog named Carl who participates in a game of follow the leader, with a group of young children. As the leader, Carl usher the kids through a day filled with typical dog behaviors from begging for food to running with a ball. The double page layout makes the realistic illustrations pop from the page. The expressions of the characters also add the to meaning of this story and makes it identifiable to the experiences of a reader. This book is silly as the children are acting like a dog. With this said, some of the illustrations pose as safety concerns and should be discussed afterwards with younger children (e.g, riding a dog). This is a must have wordless book to add to the collection. Day, A. (1998). Follow Carl. New York: Green Tiger Press.Age Appropriateness: ages 3 and older
Follow Carl is realistic fiction because the story is set in modern day so that kids could relate to it. The story also seems believable, although I do not know any parents that would put a dog in charge of several children. The illustrations in this book tell the whole story. The only place that there are words is on the first page of the book, so the pictures must tell the whole story. The great detail of the illustrations show how the children are imitating the dog and following his lead. The bright, colorful pictures tell a wonderful story that will appeal to many children as they can imagine and tell the story that accompanies the pictures.
Carl the Dog is picked to be the leader, and wherever he goes, the group of children go. The story is told entirely by pictures.