A game of follow-the-leader doesn't need words when Carl the dog is at the head of the pack. Day (Carl's Birthday, 1995, etc.) uses her familiar, expressive watercolors to tell this tale, wordless except for an energetic group of children's opening invitation (in dialogue) to Carl to come be their leader. Of course, that means that some of the actions the children have to follow will be more canine than others: Carl not only runs through yards, and bounds over walls, he also begs for biscuits, steals a ball, and dashes away with a stick in his mouth. The kids have great fun keeping pace, and when everyone is worn out, there is a surprised mother who finds not just Carl and toddler napping, but the whole gang of children as well, ""paws"" in the air, just like their fearless snoozing leader. This roving adventure is sure to inspire plenty of conversation among preschoolers anxious to help tell the tale.