Carl's Masquerade Hardcover – 1992
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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!