Book Review: Carl’s Afternoon in the Park

Rating: ★★★★☆

A very nicely illustrated wordless book (one of a series) about a dog named Carl who accompanies a baby to the park with a puppy and the child’s mother.  There the mother leaves the dog to take care of the baby and puppy.  They engage in all the quintessentially enjoyable activities for children: ride on a train, eat ice cream, play on a playground, visit a petting zoo, look through binoculars, and so on.  The adventures are engagingly portrayed in wordless format, with gentle and child-level humor, and children will enjoy identifying with the baby who is accompanied by this eminently responsible pet.   The baby looks like a boy but is dressed in pink, allowing adults a bit of interpretive license in determining the baby’s identity.  At the board book age a wordless book does require additional effort for the parent who interprets the images, but the detail of this book, as well as the inviting content, makes it worth the effort.

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Publication Information: Day, Alexandra. Carl's Afternoon in the Park. Carl; . 1991. ISBN: 0374311048.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on June 4, 2009


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