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Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board Book Board book – February 1, 1996
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Alexandra Day's modern classic Good Dog Carl has sold more than 200,000 copies, captivating countless readers with the lovable rottweiler Carl, endearing illustrations, and the tale's surprising silliness. The book begins with the mother saying, "Look after the baby, Carl. I'll be back shortly." Let the adventure begin! Carl looks out the window to make sure Mom is gone. Once the coast is clear, the baby crawls out of the crib and onto Carl's back. First stop? Mom's bed. Second stop? The top of the dresser where powder puffs are sported as hats. The infant--now in Carl's capable paws--slides down the laundry chute, swims in the fish tank, dances, raids the refrigerator, and makes a huge mess. Carl dutifully bathes the baby, cleans up the chaos, puts his charge back in the crib, and plays it cool when Mom comes home. "Good dog, Carl!" she says upon her return. A sweet, subtly absurd picture book that jubilantly illustrates the old adage, "When the cat's away, the mice will play." (Picture book) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The basic plot of each book is the same- Carl the rottie is left in charge of the baby (and in later books, child) and baby and dog have a series of (mis)adventures, but everything comes out well in the end due to Carl's dedication. The detailed, lush illustrations give ample material for making up stories about their activities and most kids are tickled by the sight of a baby and dog doing all sorts of things that in real life they would never get to do alone (going to shops, out for walks, etc).
Disclaimer: Yes, leaving your child alone with a dog is a terrible idea and no one should ever do it in real life. But these are gentle fantasy books, and a far better representation of the temperament of the average gentle giant Rottweiler than most pop cultural references.
This first book in the series, Good Dog Carl, does feature some elements that might be inappropriate for a very young toddler who is prone to imitation- climbing on the dog, playing in a fishtank, etc. That said, for a child who is old enough to understand "We don't ride the dog", it's fine, and the later books in the series are much more clearly fantastical- your child probably won't try to attend a dog show alone with the dog just because they saw it in a book.
Sorry... Carl will always be one of my favs! Five stars. These little board books are great bonding memory makers!
It's great for the little ones - beautifully illustrated, hard cardboard, fits small hands & allows children of all ages to use their imaginations to tell the story themselves! Each of my sons "read" the book differently - & would read to each other their version nightly for years! My youngest is 21 & just read it again! We are giving a copy to a great friend with a 2 year old and a new one on the way! Love to share the reading! (PS my sons are 25 - finished his Masters - & 21 - working on his Masters - & still are avid readers!!!!)