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Claude at the Beach

by Alex T. Smith

Claude is no ordinary dog – he leads an extraordinary life!

Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock (who is both a sock and very bobbly), pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. They rescue a man from a shark, win a sandcastle-building competition, and hunt for pirate treasure. Of course, they make it back home just before Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes come home from work.

Quirky, delightfully odd, and positively surreal, Alex T. Smith’s illustrated early chapter book series promises giggle-filled bedtime reading and a laugh-out-loud option for readers transitioning from picture books to chapter books.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-703-8
Publication Date: 4/1/2014
Page Count: 96
Size: 5″ x 7″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-919-3
Publication Date: 4/1/2016
Page Count: 96
Size: 5″ x 7″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
AR Level: 4.4
GRL: N, Gr 3
Lexile: 790L
Themes: Adventure, Beaches, Cause and Effect, Problem Solving, Travel
BISAC 1: JUV044000 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Intermediate
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs

Reviews

“A fun choice for children who enjoy absurdist humor, but probably best as a read-aloud.” ―School Library Journal

“This early chapter book is often hilarious… Smith’s pink and gray, retro-modern illustrations are charming… Readers who take it too seriously might end up like Claude, floating in the middle of the ocean, wearing baggy underpants (held together with sticky tape) and pursued by a shark–but they’ll be laughing.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Humorous red-accented illustrations, an amusing storytelling style, and quirky plots will continue to delight Claude’s fans.” ―Horn Book Guide

“There’s a pleasant, cozy humor to the escapades… Kids will be particularly tickled by Claude’s polka-dotted underpants/swimsuit, and those who enjoy this title may want to back up and read Claude’s previous two adventures as well” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Awards

Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year (Finalist) ―Children’s Book Council, 2015

Children’s Choices ―International Literacy Association, Children’s Book Council, 2015

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Alex T. Smith briefly considered careers in space travel, cookery and being a rabbit, but finally decided to become an illustrator. He graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Illustration and won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Illustration. Alex lives in England. You can visit his website here.