Claydon Was a Clingy Child

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Claydon goes everywhere with his mother: sky-diving, skateboarding, skiing and more. He thinks it is safer but one day he decides that maybe, just maybe, life might be better not clinging to his mother's leg. This delightful new title from a star author is a hilarious yet sympathetic look at one child's growing sense of independence.

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Overview

Claydon goes everywhere with his mother: sky-diving, skateboarding, skiing and more. He thinks it is safer but one day he decides that maybe, just maybe, life might be better not clinging to his mother's leg. This delightful new title from a star author is a hilarious yet sympathetic look at one child's growing sense of independence.

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With a distressed look on his face, Claydon always holds tight to his mother's leg. Contrary to traditional expectations, however, Claydon's athletic mother does not lead a gentle existence. "When Mummy went skateboarding.../ ...Claydon went too./ When Mummy played rugby,/ Claydon went too./ `It's safer here,' said Claydon." The boy's "it's safer here" mantra grows unconvincing as his mom skydives and plays contact sports with hulking women twice her size. In practical, Pooh-like fashion, Claydon's stuffed bear votes for cutting the apron strings (or more likely, the bungee cords): " `Your mother,' he said... `while a fine woman, is fond of the More Dangerous Forms of Exercise.' " At last, Claydon opts for a slow-moving tricycle, and the nutty conclusion shows him aiming the trike down a steep playground slide. This extreme move endears him to his inline-skating mom, but might not sit so well with sedentary parents. Cowell (Hiccup, the Seasick Viking) draws the death-defying characters in a woozy ink line and reckless strokes of watercolor. She finds humor in children's need for security and parents who engage in risky sports, without arriving at any conclusions about clinginess, bravery or poor judgment. This volume is an inside joke for adults, but it doesn't offer much entertainment or counsel to young readers. Ages 3-5. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Claydon will not let go of his mother's leg. Whether Mummy is skateboarding, playing rugby, or skydiving, he and his teddy bear are firmly attached: "It's safer here," the tot explains, his words belying the chaotic action of the bright, cartoonlike illustrations. A spectacular tumble from his mother's bicycle lands the child on his own blue tricycle, which then seems safer. He rides it quietly until the last spread, where he is seen careening down a playground slide, proving that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. This is an amusing story, but it's a bit disconcerting to see Claydon put in harm's way so frequently, and his ride down the slide might give impulsive youngsters reckless, new ideas.-Anna DeWind Walls, Milwaukee Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Toddler Claydon feels safer clinging to his mother's leg even when she's skateboarding or playing rugby. His teddy bear, which clings to Claydon's leg, points out as nicely as possible while they are all skydiving that Mummy is a maniac. Claydon does let go when they have a small accident on mom's mountain bike. He happily rides his tricycle instead of clinging. His teddy is content, too, until Claydon proves he's inherited his mother's love of extreme sports by cycling down the nearest slide. A hilariously absurd look at the fear of independence, this British import will be a big hit at storytime. The jittery, jiggly watercolor illustrations pull and swirl the text along. A fear of copycat toddler Knievels shouldn't keep anyone from purchasing this sturdy paperback original. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340757246
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 27
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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