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Claude in the City

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), go to the City for the very first time. They go shopping, visit a museum, foil a robbery, and heal an entire hospital waiting room full of patients. All in all, a most satisfactory day for this delightful duo.

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: 978-1-56145-697-0
Publication Date: 4/1/2013
Page Count: 96
Size: 5″ x 7″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-843-1
Publication Date: 4/1/2015
Page Count: 96
Size: 5″ x 7″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
AR Level: 4.0
GRL: O, Gr 3
Lexile: 680L
Themes: Adventure, Cause and Effect,  City Life, Problem Solving
BISAC 1: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV044000 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Intermediate

Reviews

“With quirky illustrations and goofy humor, Claude’s adventures will be catnip to 7- to 11-year-olds who like to laugh.” ―The Wall Street Journal

“Claude and his sidekick, a sock named Sir Bobblysock, prove to be foundations of good cheer and sweet humor…There’s much to love in this resurrection of the cheerful city chronicle of the ’60s…” ―Publishers Weekly

“While there are no comics or superheroes, some of the wordplay (the doctor’s name is Ivan Achinbum) as well as the display of underwear (both men’s and women’s) in numerous illustrations may remind readers of the perennially popular Captain Underpants series.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The tiny trim size and duo-tone artwork, all shades of black, grey, red, and pink, give this UK import a distinctly retro feel, and Claude–mostly head and snout–is an amiable, unintentional hero… It’s cool and hipfeeling and, at times, quite funny. Kids who dig quirky Claude will await his next adventures.” ―Booklist

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“The first book in an adorable new series will have young readers in stitches.” ―Children’s Book Council

“With an amiable voice and a 1960’s retro style with a French-flaired color palette starring black, white, and red, Alex T. Smith creates two charming and quirky friends who are fresh, fun, and resourceful.” ―Parents’ Choice

“The book is perfect for Humpty Dumpty-age children, whether they’re reading on their own or still prefer to hear stories read. It’s a perfect mix of adventure and imagination that will keep them asking to read it again and again!” ―U.S. Kids Parents and Teachers

“Great for children aiming to improve their vocabulary at this age. While a cozy read we can depend on Claude to find some trouble, but not too much. This title has two ‘stories’ in it that are set up like two chapters, thus giving the child the feeling of accomplishment in their foray into chapter books. I’m sure his other adventures will give us something to look forward to.” ―Medina County Public Library

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Awards

Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2013

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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.