Review by: Ellen
"Take good care of the baby,
Carl" is one of only two lines in Carl's Christmas, the illustrated
story of a big, lovable rottweiler named Carl who baby sits for his
family's tot. Alexandra Day has left the precious baby in the very capable
"paws" of Carl, the family dog, who proceeds to care for the
baby with all the love and attentiveness of Mary Poppins herself.
catalyst for the story is that the dog is in charge, and children will be
enchanted with the idea of a dog as a babysitter. The illustrations are
extraordinary-each picture telling its own story, and making the reader a
part of it. You never worry or fear for the toddler-instead you carefully
check each illustrated page for how Carl is lovingly caring for the baby.
Your child will delight in telling you the story as they scan each
picture. You can almost hear Carl panting, and the baby squealing with
delight. When the two venture out into the cold, crisp, Christmas Eve
night air-you are right there with them in front of that beautiful toy
of "tis better to give than receive" rings true in Carl's
Christmas. Just try not to get a lump in your throat, or a tear in your
eye-it can't be done! Children ages 2-8 will love this story, and want to
"tell" it again and again-and the fact that Carl gets to see
Santa bringing the gifts makes Carl a very, very lucky dog indeed.