This is the second Carl book we've checked out. The first one, [book: Carl Goes Shopping] was much better. It had the same general form, with the opening sentence and ending sentence and nothing but pictures inbetween. We liked it because the pictures gave you enough freedom to come up with your own variations on what was going on. The pictures in this one were too busy, too cluttered, and the mix of illustration and real-life pictures simply didn't work. At one point, my daughter said "This is kinda boring."