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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The toddler rides Carl like a horse in a few scenes. Parents may want to discourage young children from attempting to do this with a real dog.
Violence & Scariness
Carl lifts a toddler puppy style, by the neck of her dress. This may alarm younger readers unfamiliar with dog behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that glorious artwork becomes the text of this imaginative pictorial tale. Filled with myriad details, the beguiling illustrations encourage long perusals.
Is It Any Good?
This playful romp is one children will want to look at again and again. Like a loving nanny, Carl plays with the neighborhood children, yet he is ever mindful of his little ward, solicitously caring for her. The illustrations resonate with the exuberance of doghood and childhood, capturing the uninhibited, joyful enthusiasm that is unique to both. Day uses a broad palette of colors that reflect the splendor of a sun-filled day.
Individual story time allows readers to spend long periods perusing the pages and inventively making up their own story lines based on the pictures.
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