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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (May 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312624859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312624859
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #485,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Simple language, appealing repetition, a predictable narrative pattern, and a direct interplay between the text and the vibrant artwork draw emergent readers into the story.” ―School Library Journal

“Carl has been a favorite character for many years. This new series offers an opportunity to meet Carl and enjoy the wonderful illustrations created by Day.” ―Children's Literature

“There's no doubt about the charm of the "My Reader" books, especially with their emphasis on a 'great story'.” ―The Seattle Times

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.

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Lovely book series Dec 28 2011
By Michael Dinovi - Published on
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The Carl books are delightful. Even as an adult, they make me smile. These books will be a treat for children from 2 to whatever.
Great "Starter" Book Feb. 26 2013
By TVSA - Published on
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When my daughter first began reading, this was one of the earlier books that she read. It is a nice length, has enough easy words to keep a new reader from becoming frustrated, and enough new, more challenging words to keep them progressing. In our house, you can't go wrong with animals as a subject matter. The illustrations, as in all of the Carl books, are beautiful, warm, and comforting for children.
"What a good dog Carl!" :-) March 11 2015
By CJACKS - Published on
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I'm a fan of these books because Carl is such a sweet character. Rottweilers are tagged as "bad" or "dangerous" dogs but I love how this book is going against that stereotype. I personally adore Rotties! My kid enjoys these books very much because Carl always helps his community :-)
Great for beginning readers Oct. 22 2014
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Has all the components of a good book. Excellent pictures, lots of action and a happy ending! Easy words for new readers and repetition to build confidence. Of course, Carl steals the show. Would recommend this buy.
Delightful book for youngsters May 18 2011
By Sherrill Durbin - Published on
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This is a perfect book for the youngest readers (and for old readers like me who are in love with Carl :-) ). Delightful, precious illustrations will entertain and educate with a very sweet story.