#543 – Claude at the Beach by Alex T. Smith

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Claude at the Beach

by Alex T. Smith

Peachtree Publishers        4/01/ 2014

978-1-56145-703-8

Age 7 to 9           96 pages

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“Claude and Sir Bobblysock pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. After carefully squirting sunscreen from the tip of his nose to the toes of his sensible shoes, Claude is ready for a relaxing day on the sand. Things do not always go as planned, however, and soon he finds himself rescuing a man from a shark, competing in a sand-castle-building contest and hunting for pirate treasure!”

Opening

“At 112 Waggy Avenue, behind a tall front door with a big brass knocker, lives Claude.”

The Story

Claude and Sir Bobblysock live with Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes. Each day, after the couple head off to work—at precisely half past eight—Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock, head out for an adventure. Today is a beach day. Wearing his favorite red sweater, Claude packs his travel case, pops on his beret, and leaves the house with Sir Bobblysock hopping behind him.

The beach is busy with lots of things to do. Claude spreads his blanket and Sir Bobblysock falls fast asleep. Wanting to fit in with those at the beach, Claude put on his beach attire, and covered himself in sunscreen and whipped cream—for the beret. This is the normal part of Claude’s beach adventure. From then on, the day took a few strange turns.

There was a shout from the sea, a preoccupied lifeguard, and a hungry shark. A sand castle contest, fantastical castles, and a surprise win. A pirate family invitation, a treasure map, and a small rouge pirate, carrying a big sword, and looking for a lampshade. Claude and Sir Bobblysock must make it home. Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes expect to find Clause asleep in his bed. Would Claude and Sir Bobblysock make it home in time? What will be their next adventure?

Review

to the beach

Claude at the Beach follows on the heels of at the Circus and in the City. Claude goes off on a new adventure, not sure what to do, having never been to the beach. For a first timer—and a dog—Claude finds ways to fit in and even to excel, when he is not causing a bit of trouble. Sir Bobblysock experienced this new adventure as easily as he did the last two.

I like the air of innocence Claude projects, right before he pulls off some heroic act, then goes off for ice cream, and as if what he did, he does every day. How he does this is amusing as much as it is amazing. Wearing water wings and Mr. Shinyshoes’ underwear for a bathing trunk (held up with duct tape), Claude looks like he should be back at the circus. His perseverance is enviable as is his imaginative reactions. If only cats would act more like Claude.

swimsuit issue

The illustrations look more like graphic art than chapter book images. I like the black and white and red illustrations. The red adds a bit of color to the scenes and diverts your eye to certain areas of the image. The characters remind me of French movies. The clothes and the exaggerated actions reinforce this idea. I think kids will like these digitally created characters and their crazy antics.

Claude at the Beach is as hilarious as the third book. Many times the first book is terrific and those that follow it, eh, not so hot. This is not true of Claude. His adventures are fresh, hilarious, goofy, and over-the-top extravaganzas that are great reads for beginning chapter book readers. Claude and Sir Bobblysock make the most unlikely team, but work well, with Claude doing most of the work. Sir Bobblysock rallies Claude on, as he creates adventures kids will like to read.

saving shark

CLAUDE AT THE BEACH. Text and illustrations copyright © 2014 by Alex T. Smith. Reproduce by permission of the publisher, Peachtree publishers, Atlanta, GA.

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Learn more about the Claude series HERE.

Claude in the City

Claude in the City

Claude at the Circus

Claude at the Circus

Claude on the Slopes (coming Fall 2014)

  Claude on the Slopes
(coming Fall 2014)

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Buy Claude at the Beach at AmazonB&NPeachtree Publishersyour local bookstore.

Meet the author/illustrator, Alex T. Smith, at his website:  http://alextsmith.blogspot.com/

Find more books at the Peachtree Publishers website:    http://peachtree-online.com/ 

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Also by Alex T. Smith

Foxy Tales – The Cunning Plan

Foxy Tales – The Cunning Plan

Hector and the Big Bad Knight 

Hector and the Big Bad Knight

 

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15 thoughts on “#543 – Claude at the Beach by Alex T. Smith

    • Every new release for Spring, for kids age 0 to 12, will be here on a book tour, each week through first week of May. Peachtree has been very kind to me. I love their books. I’ve also gt three books now on paperback that will be reviewed after the tours are finished. Enjoy! :)

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    • Rhythm at the Beach has a nice beat to it. How well do you get along with pirates? Can you tame a shark? I hope you have a swim suit, poor Claude had to borrow Mr. Shinnyshoes’ undies and the duct tape. It worked, but, I’m just saying, a dog should have his pride, especially if he has rhythm. :)

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    • The shark loved him. Even the evil pirate lov–, liked Claude. This time around, I think everyone liked Claude. When at the circus, Claude caused a lot of trouble, so many were made at him and Sir Bobblysocks (the real mastermind of the two). :)

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    • There are a few more in the works. One new release in Fall is Claude on the Slopes, the cover is on the review, and I think, but not positive, there might be one about Christmas. He is a character, but the real star is the strong, silent
      Sir Bobblysocks. He is a “Sir!” :)

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        • Sir Bobblysock? So you are a fan of the striped sock? Yeah, for Sir Bobblysock. I’ll try to let him know how much you think of him–being the unsung star of the show. I can’t get an autograph, I don’t think he gives them out. Maybe you could get a toe print. I’ll see what I can find out. :)

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          • I’d really appreciate that, Sue. And while you’re at it, can you find out if he knows Pippi Longstocking? I need to contact her. One of my socks got lost in the dryer and the one that showed up instead looks like one of hers. I’d like to return it, and you never know—she might have mine! ;)

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