Review – Good Dog Carl

Day, Alexandra. Good Dog, Carl. New York: Scholastic, Inc. 1985.



from author’s web site 

Carl is every child’s favorite Rottweiler, the dog with the dexterity and responsibility of an adult. Carl takes care of the baby Madeleine when her mother is away. Lunch is bread and butter on the floor, followed by a quick hop in the tub, a speedy blow dry and back into the crib – just in time for Mom’s reappearance.

My Review

I love this wordless book! It opens with the words “Look after the baby, Carl. I’ll be back shortly.” Carl is a dog and the baby appears to be sleeping in the crib. The book ends with “Good dog, Carl!” and baby is in the crib. What happens in between is hilarious and is told only in pictures. Baby and Carl have some great adventures. Good Dog, Carl has great opportunities for language development – young children can tell the story of what is happening in the pictures and older children can write the story.

I have a copy of Good Dog, Carl in my K-12 Christian School library picture book section. This is my honest review. 

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