Meet Claude, the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior and ITVBe!
When Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes set off for work, Claude decides what adventure he wants to have that day. Today he and Sir Bobblysock go to the city for the very first time. They have tea in a café, go shopping and visit a museum. It is all very normal until ... Claude accidentally foils a robbery and becomes the local hero!
The first book in this hilarious bestselling series. Perfect for new readers and also great for sharing!
Praise for the Claude series:
'Illustrated with humour and elegance' The Times
'With quirky illustrations and plenty of humour' Metro
Claude in the City was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Claude Going for Gold won the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. Alex T. Smith was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2014.
Follow Alex at alextsmith.com and on Twitter: @Alex_T_Smith
Although the book's duotone artwork and small format don't draw attention to themselves, British author/illustrator Smith's canine hero Claude and his sidekick, a sock named Sir Bobblysock, prove to be fountains of good cheer and sweet humor. In the first chapter, Claude and Sir Bobblysock tour the big city; in the second, they make an unexpected trip to the hospital. Primer-like narration "First, Claude and Sir Bobblysock went for a walk.... Everybody seemed very friendly!" is upended by the artwork, which shows dog and sock strolling down the center of a busy avenue, oblivious to the rude gestures of human cabbies and bicyclists (and to the pink brassiere that flies out of the trunk of one taxi). In the hospital, Claude distinguishes himself by taking temperatures with a banana. While Claude's unapologetic love of shopping ("Claude hurried inside and bought a beret in every color and every pattern") and Smith's twee narration ("He gasped like this: gasp!") may cause some eye-rolling, there's much to love in this resurrection of the cheerful city chronicle of the '60s, complete with pillbox hats and fox stoles. Ages 5 9.