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.
And as a Rottie owner myself, I can tell you that the fictional child is in NO DANGER with this fictional Rottie -- the story reinforces all that is factual and best loved about these amazing dogs; very intelligent, loyal to a fault, extremely watchful, mindfully protective, playful and kind.
The book is heavy on beautiful illustration and light on text, so it's rather self-explanatory and easy to follow from an adult leading and describing the story (not reading) and a child following along.
Carl rocks. Good dog, Carl !