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Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
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Feb 07, 12

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Read in February, 2012

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 common series of events with regular babysitters. When the mother gets home, she does not realize how many activities Carl and the baby participated in during the day and thinks Carl sat by the crib all day. The story is wordless except for the first and last page so the illustrations tell the entire story. The paintings capture each moment clearly enough so words aren’t necessary at all. The illustrations are painted in egg tempra and show a lot of texture. Carl’s coat looks like the reader could pet him because the brush strokes are so beautiful. This would be a good book for a young person that is not able to read yet because the young person could make up text to go along with the story.
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