Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Carl's Christmas

Carl's Christmas

Alexandra Day
Illustrator:   Alexandra Day 
Picture Book  Series
For ages 4 to 7
Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 1990   ISBN: 978-0374311148

It is Christmas Eve, and Carl’s owners are going out for the evening. Before they leave the house, they tell Carl the dog to “Take good care of the baby, Carl.” Carl is a very honorable dog, so he goes upstairs to get the baby, and then the two friends set about celebrating the season together.

First Carl and the baby decorate a potted plant with wrapping paper, ribbons, and other items that they find. Carl helps the baby put on a warm little suit and hat, and then they go outside to explore.

In town, they win a beautiful Christmas basket when they are the 1,000th customer at the toy store. Knowing that this is the season to give, the baby and Carl give the basket to a street corner Santa who is collecting for “the Needy.”

The friends listen to some carolers sing, and then they head home. After all, soon they are going to have a very special visitor.

Though there are very few words in this book, Alexandra Day manages to capture the essence of Christmas with her wonderful Carl the dog title. Young children will be delighted to see that Carl and the baby’s late night visitor has gifts for everyone, including a duo of mice who come to warm themselves in front of the crackling fire.