Good Dog, Carl – Alexandra Day

POINTS: 3 out of 10.

Bechdel: 0 points
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story:  2 points
Discretionary ideological points: 1 point


This is a really great little book, especially if you have a fondness for dogs. Carl is left to take care of the baby while the mother is out. He and the baby engage in a variety of adventures and shenanigans, including raiding the fridge for treats and sliding the baby down the laundry chute. Then Carl tidies everything up and drops the baby back in its cot just in time for Mom to come home to a clean and tidy house, oblivious to their adventures.

There is almost no text, since the bulk of the story involves a pre-verbal baby and a dog. I’m a fan, as you probably know by now, of books that require active engagement, and relying on pictures is a good way to do this. C and I had fun talking about what they were getting up to and what might come next.

Of course, that also makes a Bechdel pass impossible, and with only two humans, there wasn’t much room for any kind of variety of character. So in terms of metrics it doesn’t really do well. Nevertheless, I think this is an awesome little book. I love the simple relationship between the dog and the baby, and the fact that they’re sort of “in on it” together. It was a fun book to read with C. He really enjoyed it.

Good stuff.

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