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Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
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Sep 26, 11

Read from September 06 to 15, 2011

Critique- Picture Book/Wordless

A mother leaves her Rottweiler, Carl, in charge of watching the family baby while she runs out. This story depicts the mischief that Carl and the baby get into while the mother is out. A.) The composition of the illustrations keep the story focused on the two main characters. B.) The illustrator does a wonderful job of keeping the background images to a minimum allowing the reader to focus on the two main characters. C.) On one page the illustrator consolidates multiple images within a page to show different actions. There is Carl feeding the baby grapes, pouring chocolate sauce and milk in a cup, and opening a jar for the baby. The author reduces all background images, so it is just Carl, the baby, and whatever trouble they happen to be getting into. Since this is a wordless book, the focus of the images helps the reader follow along.

This book is best for very young readers (Kindergarten and below). It could be used with a lesson on family, pets, or responsibility.
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