Alexandra Day

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Alexandra Day
BornSandra Louise Woodward Darling
(1941-04-27) April 27, 1941 (age 80)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
GenreChildren's picture books
Notable worksGood 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.[1] She is the author of Good Dog, Carl, which tells the story of a Rottweiler named Carl who looks after a baby named Madeleine.[2] 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.[3]

Day and her husband live in Seattle, Washington.[4]

Carl Books[edit]

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.[5]

Carl's Christmas was a New York Times bestseller.[6]


The Carl Series[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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


  1. ^ Pryor, Kelli (27 September 1991). "Day's Dog". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ "Good Dog, Carl". Publishers Weekly. 31 July 1997.
  3. ^ "Children's Books". The New York Times. 8 January 1984.
  4. ^ Pellegrini, Neena (12 February 2012). "Heart dogs: Alexandra Day and Zubi". The Seattle Times.
  5. ^ "Meet Alexandra Day and Carl". Good Dog Carl. Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  6. ^ "Bestsellers". The New York Times. 30 December 1990.

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