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Claude at the Circus
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Claude at the Circus

Part of Claude Series

by Alex T. Smith

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

When Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes leave for the day, Claude and his best friend Sir Bobblysock take a walk in the park. Suddenly, a woman calls for help, and they find themselves rescuing a runaway baby carriage—with the baby still inside! To reward their heroism, The Amazing Alan invites them to watch his circus. They arrive early, and, as he’s been on a cleaning frenzy lately, Claude decides to tidy up the big top. In the process, he accidentally sabotages the performers’ equipment. But the show must go on—even if Claude and Sir Bobblysock have to put on the entire thing themselves!

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: 978-1-56145-702-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2013
Page Count: 96
Size: 5″ x 7″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-980-3
Publication Date: 3/1/2017
Page Count: 96
Size: 5″ x 7″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
AR Level: 4.5
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: 820L
Themes: Adventure, Cause and Effect, Humor, Problem Solving
BISAC 1: JUV044000 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Intermediate
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs

Reviews

“Fans of Amelia Bedelia will find this sort of thing hilarious… The climax has everything a child could want in a book.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Claude once again captures the young reader’s heart through bizarre humor. Loyal fans will revel in each zany chapter, while anticipating their next fun adventure with Claude. An endearing early reader that will make children smile.” ―Boys to Books

“Wacky and fun-filled, this book has lots of artwork and heroes you can root for.” ―Blue Owl Reviews

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“I love Claude and his stripe-socked friend. I love how they innocently find themselves in the funniest situations, which the pair make even funnier.” ―Kid Lit Reviews

“As a character, I love that Claude is polite and well spoken (for a dog), but also has an adventurous side. And Sir Bobblysock makes a good foil for Claude’s adventurous nature.” ―Maestra Amanda’s Bookshelf

“The two-tone illustrations and fun flying images are worthy of a heartfelt gaze as well as a long-planned visual review. You’ll find yourself holding your breath as Claude makes his way across the high wire act, and releasing same said breath in a chuckle for what just transpired.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“An incredibly fun book for both early chapter book readers and adults, the text is easy to read and the illustrations—simply done in grayscale and red—are hilarious. The chapter length makes it feel like a real adventure, building excitement and spotlighting Claude’s antics throughout the day. Claude is definitely becoming a favorite, and I look forward to his further adventures.” ―A Word’s Worth

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Alex Smith

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.