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Carl's Birthday Hardcover – November 1, 1995
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PreSchool-Grade 2?This nearly wordless picture book continues the fantasy of the renowned Rottweiler and his wee ward. The lovable dog and his toddler mistress sneak back home from a neighbor's house, where Madeleine's mother is preparing a birthday party for Carl. From hidden vantage points they check on or assist with preparations for the festivities. The clandestine pair escape to their rightful place, taking a nap together just in time to put on party attire and return home to be greeted by guests yelling "Surprise!" Party scenes contrast brightly with everyday life in another winner for Carl's fans.?Marsha McGrath, Clearwater Public Library, FL
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 2^-7. Beloved from many previous escapades, Carl, the gentle rottweiler, and Madeline, the mischievous toddler, are sent to nap at the neighbors' while Mom prepares for the surprise birthday party. But the two buddies sneak back home through Carl's doggie door and watch undetected as Mom tidies and decorates the house. Of course, Carl and Madeline must add their own touches to the preparations, flavoring the punch, hiding and even undoing the carefully wrapped presents, and sampling the beautiful birthday cake, though Carl thoughtfully camouflages the gouge Madeline's hand makes in the frosting. As the guests arrive, Carl, with Madeline riding him bareback, gallops back to the neighbors' house, where the pair are found stretched out side by side, feigning sleep. Characteristically, Day uses brief text only at the beginning and at the end of the story, allowing her luxuriantly colored, expressively detailed paintings to convey the humor and joyful companionship of Carl and Madeline's latest adventure. Ellen Mandel
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This series beautifully shows the gentle side of a dog breed normally considered ferocious. Not true! They make wonderful pets. It's the owner that makes them mean.
Spend some time reading with your toddler and introduce 'Carl' to their hearts and imagination.
The Carl stories are also an amazing learning tool for a developing child. The very youngest can be told the story page by page
and gradually be encouraged to tell the story in the same way themselves, feeling they are already reading like a big person. It encourages a love for books and reading at an early age.