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Carl's Summer Vacation    by Alexandra Day order for
Carl's Summer Vacation
by Alexandra Day
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Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2008 (2008)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

Everyone's favorite picture book dog, Carl, is back for another adventure. Carl's story, like most of the other Carl stories, is told predominantly in pictures and only minimal words.

In this story, Carl's family arrives at their summer home. Carl and the little girl of the house are supposed to be napping on the porch, but Carl gives her a life jacket, and they're off on their day or exploration. There's a boat ride, a romp through the woods, a playground, a baseball game, and an interlude at a picnic. Then, home again to watch the boat races with the family. Of course, Madeleine and Carl's adventure remains a secret from everyone else.

The paintings' dreamlike quality captures the lazy summer day feel. Fans of Carl will delight in this summertime romp.

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