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Alexandra Day
Born Sandra Louise Woodward Darling
(1941-04-27) April 27, 1941 (age 81)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genre Children's picture books
Notable works Good Dog, Carl

Alexandra Day (born 1941) is an American children's book author. Alexandra Day is a pseudonym; her real name is Sandra Louise Woodward Darling. She is the author of Good Dog, Carl, which tells the story of a Rottweiler named Carl who looks after a baby named Madeleine. The book was first published in 1985 by Day's own publishing company, Green Tiger Press. Good Dog, Carl has been followed by a whole series of popular Carl books, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Day was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her husband, Harold Darling, founded a publishing company, Green Tiger Press, in 1970. Meanwhile, Day began a career in illustration, and illustrated her first book in 1983: The Teddy Bears' Picnic, based on a popular children's song by Jimmy Kennedy.

Day and her husband live in Seattle, Washington.

Carl Books

According to Day, the inspiration for Good Dog, Carl came from a trip to Zurich, Switzerland. Day was looking through antique picture sheets for her postcards when she found an image of a dog left to guard a baby. Day's own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the model for the book's main character, and since then other family Rottweilers have been models for the books.

Carl's Christmas was a New York Times bestseller.

The Carl Series

  • Good Dog, Carl, Green Tiger Press, 1985
  • Carl Goes Shopping, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989
  • Carl's Christmas, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1990
  • Carl's Afternoon in the Park, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991
  • Carl's Masquerade, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992
  • Carl Goes to Daycare, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993
  • Carl Pops Up, Simon & Schuster, 1994
  • Carl Makes a Scrapbook, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994
  • My Puppy's Record Book, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994; Laughing Elephant, 2005
  • Carl's Birthday, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995
  • Carl's Baby Journal', Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996
  • Follow Carl!, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998
  • Carl's Sleepy Afternoon, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005
  • You're a Good Dog, Carl!, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007
  • Carl's Summer Vacation, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008
  • Carl's Snowy Afternoon, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009
  • Carl and the Puppies, Square Fish, 2011
  • Carl and the Baby Duck, Square Fish, 2011
  • Carl and the Kitten, Square Fish, 2011
  • Carl and the Sick Puppy, Square Fish, 2012
  • Carl at the Dog Show, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012
  • Carl's Halloween, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015
  • Carl and the Baby Elephant, Laughing Elephant, 2016
  • Goodnight, Good Dog Carl, Laughing Elephant, 2019

Other Books

  • The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Green Tiger Press, 1983 (by Jimmy Kennedy)
  • The Blue Faience Hippopotamus, Green Tiger Press, 1984 (by Joan Grant)
  • When You Wish upon a Star, Green Tiger Press, 1994
  • Frank and Ernest, Scholastic Corporation, 1988
  • Paddy's Payday, Puffin Books, 1989
  • Frank and Ernest Play Ball, Scholastic, 1990
  • River Parade, Puffin, 1990
  • Frank and Ernest on the Road, Scholastic, 1994
  • A Bouquet, Laughing Elephant, 1996
  • The Christmas We Moved to the Barn, HarperCollins, 1997 (by Cooper Edens)
  • Mirror, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997 (by Christina Darling)
  • Boswell Wide Awake, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999
  • Darby, The Special Order Pup, Dial, 2000 (with Cooper Edens)
  • Special Deliveries, HarperCollins, 2001 (by Cooper Edens)
  • Puppy Trouble, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002
  • The Flight of a Dove, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004
  • Not Forgotten, Laughing Elephant, 2004
  • Hooray for Dogs, Laughing Elephant, 2008
  • The Fairy Dogfather, Laughing Elephant, 2012
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