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Good Dog, Carl (Good Dog, Carl #1)

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Available in paperback for the first time, the modern classic that introduced the beloved baby-sitting rottweiler to the world.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Aladdin (first published September 1st 1985)
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Manybooks
Mar 19, 2016 Manybooks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who like wordless picture books
After simply adoring some of the later books in the Carl the Rottweiler series, I have to admit that I was and still am a bit underwhelmed by the first book of the series, Good Dog, Carl. I think that in general, it is a sweet (albeit for some parents, perhaps also a touch unnerving) story, full of fun, whimsy and mischief. However, neither the story nor the illustrations have managed to completely charm me like I was recently "wowed" by Carl's Summer Vacation) and Carl's Snowy Afternoon. The il ...more
Dolly
Jul 31, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I hate to admit it, but I couldn't help but cringe as we read this book together. Leaving a dog alone with a baby? I know this is just a funny almost-wordless book and our girls were terrific at making up their own story as we looked at the humorous scenes, but I just couldn't shake the feeling of dread as the baby makes a mess and gets into dangerous situations. Funny, but in a warped way.

Still, the dog was adorable and I loved the retro feel of the book. We enjoyed reading this book together,
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Aug 12, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dog lovers with children
Okay, DO NOT go thinking that all dogs that look like Carl are safe, because Carl, the dog in this book, is a Rottweiler, albeit a very well trained one.

Do NOT leave your baby alone in the care of your pet dog. Even a well-trained one. And especially not in the care of some random Rottweiler. Rottweilers are a very powerful and potentially dangerous breed. Don't even go near a Rottweiler you don't know, let alone put your child in the care of one. This is a complete and utter fantasy. Got that?
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Ellinor
I usually don't like books without words but this one is definitely an exception. I really loved it! The pictures are very beautiful and you can "read" the book without having to think what the story is.
And now I finally know what Nana from Peter Pan is doing all day!
Jim Crocker
Aug 08, 2013 Jim Crocker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story. I read this to Max every night, and he loves it.

My old dog, Shenga (aka, Bubie)looked just like Carl. Some guy ran up and went,
"oh, look! It's Carl!" I, of course, thought he'd lost his mind, not his dog. Then he explained the whole thing to me. And I went, "Oh, cool." And got the hell outta there as fast as possible.

Now that I've read the book -- it's a fast read -- I'm hooked.

Max rates it Five Barks!

Woof!

P.S. I found this book in the FREE bin at the library. Imagine that??
Ann
Mar 30, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this to kids ages two through nine, and they all LOVED it. We laughed and laughed at the adventures Carl and the baby have together, and talked about how moms shouldn't really leave their babies with dogs, etc. The pictures are lovely and capture the tone perfectly, without resorting to cutesy. Although Carl on the cover is the cutest picture ever!
Whitney Taylor
Good Dog, Carl is such a cute book! The different adventures Carl and the baby go on throughout the day made it probably one of the babies favorite memories with the Carl. The relationship Carl has with the family is one that everyone should have with their pets.

Text to Self- I relate to this book in a of couple ways. Now obviously my mom never left me home with Yogi while I was growing up. That would be just crazy and unacceptable. I don't think Yogi and I would go on half of the adventures tha
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Elena Hitch
Feb 07, 2012 Elena Hitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wordless
Good Dog, Carl follows the story of a dog that is left to watch after a baby when a mother has to go out for a little while. The story is nice because Carl acts like a human throughout the book and clearly loves the baby. Throughout the day, Carl and the baby do different activities such as play dress up, slide down the laundry chute, and dance. Carl even makes the baby a lunch. Lunch is very messy so Carl gives the baby and bath and cleans up the house before the mother returns, which is a very ...more
Laura
Oct 02, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Amy "the book-bat"
This was a fun little book for the very young readers. There is very little text and the illustrations are cute. Carl looks like a very friendly Rottweiler and takes good care of the baby while the mother goes out. I think children will like Carl the dog. He seems to be smart and funny and he smiles. This book is on the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.
Jamie
Aug 14, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A fun book that works as an imaginative activity with your kids. The book shows of a dog taking after a toddler while the mother is away. He gives the boy rides, food, a bath, plays with him etc.
I went through this book with my 2 younger brothers. Since the book's story is through illustrations and not so much through words, I let them each take a turn interpreting the pictures, telling the story, then I went ahead and gave them my version of what everything meant. we had a great time. The artw
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Karina
Feb 25, 2016 Karina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The version of this book that I read was actually a small cardboard hard book which was really interesting, I thought this type of book was cool. The book starts out with a mother speaking to a dog saying "look out for the baby, Carl. I'll be back shortly". From then on the book is wordless and tells a story through pictures. Most of the pages have one photo on them showing something that is happening, but some pages have a few different drawings on them in a different style. The images show the ...more
Lauren Grosch
Feb 08, 2016 Lauren Grosch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Dog, Carl is a wordless picture book about the adventures of Carl and a baby. The mother leaves and tells Carl to watch the baby. While she's gone, Carl helps the baby out of his crib. First, they jump on the bed and put on the mothers make up. Carl pushes the baby down the laundry shoot and then runs down the stairs to go get him. They have piggy back rides and go swimming the the fish tank, have a dance party and make some snacks. At the end of the day, Carl gives him a bath and carries h ...more
Kalynn
Feb 08, 2016 Kalynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Good Dog, Carl the mom leaves and tells the dog to watch the baby. The baby and the dog do all the fun stuff they want to do like eat food and jump on the bed. After the child gets dirty the dog gives the baby a bath and puts him in his crib. The dog cleans the whole house to make sure the mom does not find out. The mom comes home and says the the dog did a good job.

The moral of the story is to have fun you have to clean your mess. The dog and baby had all the fun in the world but ha
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Samie Soisson
Feb 08, 2016 Samie Soisson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wordless picture book was quite cute! The mother of the story asked the dog to look after her baby while she left. He sure took care of him, he got the baby out of the crib and they went and did makeup and played with the moms jewelry. The baby and Carl, the dog, got into the kitchen and ate some food and made a mess. Then when the mom was coming back Carl made sure to bath the baby and clean up the messes to make it look like nothing was different.

The plot of the story is the adventure of
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Zhānlìyàn Liú
Title: Good Dog, Carl
Author: Alexander Day
Illustrator: n/a
Genre: Wordless picture book
Theme(s): Family, responsibility, love, pets, loyalty
Opening line/sentence: "Look after the baby, Carl. I'll be back shortly."
Brief Book Summary: This book is about the mischief the baby and the dog get into when their mother leaves the house. The dog, Carl, makes sure that although they have fun, the baby remains safe. By the end of the book, Carl returns the baby back to the baby pen and cleans up in preparat
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Brooke Seidel
Title: Good Dog, Carl
Author: Alexandra Day
Genre: Wordless Picture Book
Theme(s): Love, Dogs, Care
Opening line/sentence: Look after the baby, Carl. I'll be back shortly.
Brief Book Summary: A mother decides to go out for a little while she has her dog, Carl, look after her baby. Once the mother pulls away, Carl has some fun with the baby. She takes the baby out of the crib and dances, puts the baby in the fish tank, and then cleans up the baby. Right before the mother gets home Carl puts the baby
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Lorelei Westbrook
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day 1985
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Picture Book

Estimate of age level of interest: Preschool-3

Estimate of reading level: K-1

Brief description: A mother asks Carl, the Rottweiler, to babysit her infant while she runs out for an errand.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: The author’s choice of words are uniquely characterized in Good Dog, Carl. The only words that appear
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Paola Galindo
Feb 08, 2015 Paola Galindo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Dog, Carl is a wordless picture book that tells the story of what happens during the day when a mother leaves her child in the care of the family dog, Carl. The two have quite an eventful day and their story is told through the use of pictures similar to a gutter and panel style, but not exactly.
One thing that I thought worked really well for this story was the fact that it did not have words. It added a touch of realism since dogs and babies obviously can't talk. The pictures were also pr
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Shelby Summerville
The book Good Dog, Carl is both written and illustrated by Alexandra Day. This is an almost completely wordless story, having only two sentences, exchanged between a mother and the family dog. The mother seems to be going to run a quick errand and leaves the dog, Carl to watch over then baby. (This does seem irresponsible and dangerous in my perspective but for the sake of the story I went along with it.) Carl and the baby go on a adventure though the house while mother is away. Carl helps the b ...more
Becca Hopkins
Feb 01, 2015 Becca Hopkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Good Dog Carl is about the adventures that happen when a mother leaves her baby at home and the dog is in charge. Obviously the mom trusts the dog if she is willing to have the dog watch over the child. While the mom is away they have many adventures and have fun together. The beginning of the book starts out with the baby in the crib and ends the same exact way. The mom has no idea what happens when she is away from the house and thanks Carl for taking good care of her baby.

One interes
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Renee Clark
I loved this book. This book is about a baby and a dog who are left at home, alone. They have a bunch of adventures while the mom is away. Although there are only a few words used in this entire book (first page and last page), words really aren't needed. The illustration is so organized and beautiful that it speaks for itself. The way the pictures are ordered and the routine they show allows the reader to make sentences as their eyes follow along the pages. The pictures are humorous and it is f ...more
Jenna Kennedy
Dec 01, 2014 Jenna Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexandra Day’s picture book entitled Good Dog, Carl begins when mama leaves the house. Carl is left with baby and they make an adventure out of their time home alone. Carl and the baby put on Mama’s powder and make a huge mess of it all. Baby and Carl dance and dance and dance until they get hungry. As they make a big mess trying to make a mess, Carl decides that he needs to clean up and gives baby a bath. They know that it’s almost time for mama to come home so Carl cleans up the house and Mam ...more
Jake
Nov 28, 2014 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the story Good Dog, Carl written by Alexandra Day, Carl is left in charge of a baby while the mother is out running errands. Throughout the story, the baby and Carl do numerous activities such as playing dress up, dance, and making lunch together. This wordless story is cute, simple and a bit mischievous.

The illustrations in this story are very life like, giving a sense of reality to the story. The detail of the characters are very advanced, making for a more developed story. The pictures ar
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Madison Hays
Oct 05, 2014 Madison Hays rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the story Good Dog, Carl, Carl is left in charge of a baby while the mother is out running errands. Throughout the story, the baby and Carl do numerous activities such as playing dress up, dance, and making lunch together. This wordless story is cute, simple and a bit mischievous.

The illustrations in this story are very life-life, giving a sense of reality to the story. The detail of the characters are very advanced, making for a more developed story. The pictures are bold and really capture
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Katie Hanrahan
Sep 30, 2014 Katie Hanrahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What really goes on when parents are not at home? Readers find out in Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day. A young mother leaves the house and tells her Rottweiler that he is in charge of looking after her baby. The baby and the dog make their own fun while she is gone. They go sliding, swimming, and dancing among other things. Everything will be alright as long as Carl has the baby back in the crib before the return of his owner.

This story is told in all pictures, aside from two sentences spoken by
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Jennifer Foeller
Shared this book with my 5 year old daughter. There are only a few words in this book, it mainly relies on illustrations to tell the story. The last page of this book includes a note that the book is a salute to the original creator of Münchener Bilderbogen No 1001 also known as "Der Brave Karo". This referenced work was created in the 1890's and similarly features a child left alone with a dog.
This is the original: http://artgen.billerantik.de/articles...

I'm not sure how common the practice wa
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Taylor Baker-Gower
Pup and baby shenanigans!
Crystal Marcos
Jul 12, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it liked it
Recommends it for: wordless book lovers, animal lovers, dog lovers
This book made me laugh out loud although at times I found myself thinking, I would never leave my baby at home alone with only a dog to take care of her. (Being a new mom fresh in my mind). It is a bit unrealistic, but great for the imagination of a child. I think anyone who likes animals and children would enjoy this virtually wordless picture book. I enjoyed the illustrations and will read other Carl books.
Gnweiss
Good Dog Carl by ALEXANDRA DAY is not a complete wordless picture book, it has one sentence on the first page and one sentence on the last page. The illustrations are done in tempera paints and have dimension, highlights in each of the characters. The soft muted colors keep the pictures loving and friendly. Carl the dog is black but his highlights give him a texture of soft and gentle.
Movement is on each page, each line goes from diagonal to curved and finally vertical. Each page is filled with
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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 ...more
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