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Carl's Masquerade [Hardcover]

Alexandra Day
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Clever visual humor but bad role-modeling Feb. 13 2003
Format:Board book
Carl's Masquerade is a beautifully illustrated, clever and humorous book aimed at preschoolers. On page one, the parents announce that they're going to a masquerade party, and tell their Rottweiler, Carl, "take good care of the baby." Therein lies the problem. In real life, parents who leave their baby unattended by humans and go off to a party, are guilty of child neglect. But this book presents this scenario as being cute and funny. Adults and older children reading this book can make the distinction that this is inappropriate behavior in real life, but the book's young target audience cannot.
Once the parents leave for the party, Carl takes the baby to the same big party, where they get admitted because the greeter at the door thinks they're in costume. Once in the door, the story is told only with pictures. At the party, Carl and the baby (who appears to be about a year old) see many interesting costumes and have fun adventures. The pictures are quite amusing and clever, such as when Carl sees what he thinks is a cat, but is really a human in a cat costume. Visual humor is the book's major strength. Although the baby spots her parents, the parents are always looking the other way and don't see the baby. Carl manages to get the baby home and safe in her crib just before the parents come home.
Although I wish I could recommend this beautifully illustrated, clever, humorous book, I simply can't, because of the parents' irresponsible behavior. I just don't count on preschoolers being able to make a distinction that this is a fantasy. Also, it might play on fears they have of being left alone. However, it's worth a quick "read" for adults and older children to enjoy the clever visual humor of Alexandra Day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great babysitter! March 15 2000
By A Customer
Format:Board book
This is one of my favorites as each time I take it out it makes me smile. Carl takes baby out and "follows" mom and dad to a masquerade party. How amusing when Carl and baby meet up with an "identical" costume match at the party! Just footsteps behind the parents they partake of food and festivities and then it is time to leave and safely arrive back home. Mom and dad linger at store windows "allowing" the careful babysitter to take his charge back to bed. Some reviewers believe Day's books set bad examples, but I totally disagree. All antics are in fun and mischief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with awesome illustrations! June 25 2004
Format:Board book
I just "read" this book to my little sister and brotherlast night for a bedtime story, and we all loved it! It was very cute and sweet, with beautiful illustrations. There are minimal words on only about 3 pages, and the rest of it is a picture book. Great great story that leaves you smiling and laughing though! We really enjoyed it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carl's a winner again. Buy with confidence. Jan. 16 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Another superb tale of the innocence of childhood shared with Man's Best Friend -- or in this case, an infant's.
If you know the Carl range of books, then this is another charming variation on the theme and you know what you're in for.

But if you're new to the range and are wondering if the book is appropriate to your child's library, BUY WITH CONFIDENCE. It most certainly is.

Essentially, the range follows a familiar theme: an infant explores the adult world with the beloved Carl (the Rottweiler) in tow and together they have a clandestine adventure -- always just out of view of the infant's parents, but always under Carl's supervision and care. Together, as best friends, they explore and play together without being discovered -- and make it safely back home just in the nick of time before the parents arrive home and their secret excursion is rumbled -and the secret adventure is kept just between the two of them with no harm done.

Now, some kill-joy reviewers state that they find the notion of a child being "babysat" by a Rottweiler as either unsettling or just plain wrong, citing child neglect.
I say that these people have totally forgotten the childish delight and whimsy of having a secret and having fun. It's just an imaginative childrens story ! It's not real. If they want reality, perhaps they should just read the newspaper to them -- or discuss the psychosocial parallels of The Lord of the Flies with them at bedtime ? These people are killjoys in life and are probably all lawyers or politicians. <Yawn!> Spare me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great babysitter! March 15 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book
This is one of my favorites as each time I take it out it makes me smile. Carl takes baby out and "follows" mom and dad to a masquerade party. How amusing when Carl and baby meet up with an "identical" costume match at the party! Just footsteps behind the parents they partake of food and festivities and then it is time to leave and safely arrive back home. Mom and dad linger at store windows "allowing" the careful babysitter to take his charge back to bed. Some reviewers believe Day's books set bad examples, but I totally disagree. All antics are in fun and mischief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carl May 14 2007
By Katie M. Pleviak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book
My girls, 6 and 18 months love Carl. Carl's Masquerade is full of vibrant and fun pictures, which creativily carry you through another 'Carl and baby adventure'. Carl and baby wait until mom and dad leave for a masquerade party then sneek out following from a distance to join the party themselves. This book tells itself through the pictures, allowing the reader to make up the words of their own story line...So wonderful to not have to read the same words five times a day...or until you hide the book from the kids! Any young imagination will love this and other Carl books. My daughter first 'phrase' was "good dog carl". Which, Good Dog Carl was the first of the carl books we bought. She read it so much we had to buy a new copy because the first wore out! Happy reading!Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board BookCarl's Masquerade (Carl)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rotties and babies--Oh, my! July 22 2013
By Janet R. Halteman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a former librarian and lover of rottweilers, the Carl books have always been special. The basic premise exists in every Carl book: mom and dad go out and leave Carl in charge of the baby. Instead of playing together at home, napping, etc., the toddler gets on Carl's broad back and the two of them embark on a wild romp (wherever the parents have gone). In this particular book, a masquerade party is the inspiration for the fun, including one segment where they successfully hide from mom and dad. With the masquerade theme, the drawings are particularly colorful and festive. As usual, Carl and the baby get home before the parents, clean up any messes, and are peacefully in bed just before mom comes in to congratulate Carl on doing a good job. If only mom knew! And what fun for Carl fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Carl Book July 22 2014
By E. Sankin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is by far our family's favorite Carl book. The pictures are detailed and colorful. The story is exciting. If you compare it to earlier Carl books, the paintings go all the way to the edges of the page and are very full of fun details for your kids to notice. The variety of costumes is wonderful and the party activities they show are engaging.

This is the second copy we bought since we wore out the board book edition reading it so much. We got the hard cover book which is very large and good quality. So happy to have this copy and so surprised and disappointed it appears to be out of print!
4.0 out of 5 stars Carl's Masquerade is now our favorite Carl! Nov. 28 2007
By Elena Perez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This has become my daughter's favorite Carl book, because it features the appearance of Daddy!

It's a lot of fun; the pictures as always are colorful and so evocative that words really aren't necessary. The costumes featured throughout the book are great, and we like that there are children in costume at the party as well. There are even some visual jokes!

There were a couple of places where I wished a scene had been cut to one image rather than two, or that a transition scene had been expanded, but all in all it is a fantastic addition to the Carl series.
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