Carl's Masquerade by Alexandra Day

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To Carl and his young charge, a masquerade party proves an irresistible invitation to fun.
 

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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 one or more easels and a variety of sketch pads, chalks, paints, and pencils. For four years, the family lived on a hundred-acre farm in Kentucky. Here young Sandra grew especially fond of riding and training horses, and became a dog owner for the first time. Living in the country also provided plenty of time for reading, a life-long passion.   Sandra illustrated her first book in 1983: The Teddy Bears' Picnic, a popular children's song by Jimmy Kennedy. That same year, she was visiting Zurich, Switzerland, when she came across a volume of old German picture sheets, one of which featured a poodle playing with a baby who was supposed to be taking a nap. This image proved the inspiration for Good Dog, Carl. The Darlings' own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the model for the book's main character. Since then, two other Darling Rottweilers have posed as Carl in the seven sequels: the late Arambarri, who was named for one of the Darlings' favorite jai alai players; and Zabala, who currently moonlights as an Our Best Friend therapy dog, visiting hospitals to cheer patients.   About her work Sandra says: "I think that one of the reasons my illustrations have appealed to people is that they can sense my sincerity. I know that marvels exist which are just outside our ordinary experience, but that at any moment we may turn a corner and encounter one of them. Children also believe this, and because they and I have this conviction in common, we, as creator and audience, make good partners." Sandra lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Harold.
 
Published October 1, 1992 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This time the popular Rottweiler, baby on his back, follows his charge's parents to a costume ball where--among other imaginatively got-up people--they see a buxom lady dressed as the baby, complete with a model of Carl that she seems to be riding.

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Just when you thought Day had issued the dernier cri on the subject of Carl the capering canine (Carl's Afternoon in the Park , et al.), she tops herself by producing her most atmospheric book yet. He

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Carl the rottweiler baby-sits for the first time in this (almost) wordless picture book classic.

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Those looking for inspiration in filling these pages can turn to Day's new picture book Carl Makes a Scrapbook (FSG, $12.95, all ages -31129-3), in which the intrepid dog and baby Madeleine put together an album of family mementos while Mom's back is turned (don't miss the long-haired dachshunds ...

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Finally, the canine in question is Alexandra Day's beloved Carl, who takes charge of a crew of toddlers in Carl Goes to Day Care (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $5.95, ages 1-3 ISBN 0-374-31145-5 Sept.).

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After the child has a bath and is put down for a nap, the diligent dog cleans up in time for the return of mother, who greets him with the familiar ``Good Dog, Carl!'' Several of the coated pages in this paper-over-board volume fold out, adding extra dimension to a winsome addition to the Carl co...

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Move over, Mary Poppins, and make room for Carl, the ravishing rottweiler cum babysitter who makes his fourth and perhaps finest appearance yet in this gorgeously colored picture book.

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Just when you thought Day had issued the dernier cri on the subject of Carl the capering canine (Carl's Afternoon in the Park , et al.), she tops herself by producing her most atmospheric book yet.

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Carl, the smart Rottweiler, is five years old in this latest in the series of (almost) wordless books, in a ...

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