Claude at the Beach

Claude at the Beach

by Alex T. Smith

Hardcover(Reprint)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561457038
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 93
Sales rank: 591,825
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

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.

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.

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Claude at the Beach 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review. My 7 year old and I read this book together; both of us enjoyed it. Claude is a dapper dog who enjoys adventures in the human world in the way only animals can. We laughed at Claude's antics and for this teacher mama, the discussion my son led once we finished was terrific. He noticed details, flipped back to check facts and analyzed the text in a very scholarly way. His teacher would've been so proud of him!  I liked the vintage feel to the illustrations. That being said, there was one scene that I thought was in pretty poor taste for a children's book.  SPOILER/MAMA ALERT: I believe in kids being kids and part of that, for our family, is protecting them from early exposure to sexualization. The bikini swimsuits and curvy figures were (personally) right at the line for me. The scene that showed a lifeguard helping a lady with her beach balls created concern for me. My husband also thought it was risque when I asked him if he thought I was being over-sensitive. For many children, this will not stand out to them, but it will for some and it certainly is not the place to put such exposure. I would like to see Claude in other books but have to admit to being a bit leery and will certainly keep my guard up.  I gave this book: ¿¿¿ I would give this book 4 stars for the story and vintage-y illustration; I took away a star for the reason pointed out above.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
Claude at the Beach is the third book by author and illustrator Alex T. Smith. Mr. Smith has created a character I foresee as becoming a classic in time. Claude is a cute dog (probably with a somewhat quirky international flavor and character) and his side kick is a striped sock – Sir Bobblysock (think “bobby socks”). In this, book three, the twosome wait their for their people to depart for the day, which they do right on time. Then Claude declares it is time for a vacation. So they begin to pack. The story progresses with their arrival at the beach which is the perfect spot for them to vacation and definitely the spot for Claude to use the underwear he has packed since everyone at the beach is in their undies. As escapade upon escapade unfolds, we are entertained by the delightful text and sophisticated cartoon art style used to illustrate Claude’s activities. Mr. Smith’s illustrations envelope both the story and tongue-in-cheek humor that the adults reading the story will “get.” There are some enchanting qualities and items in the story. For example, Claude’s beret. He finds many useful items tucked up under his beret with which to save the day or just plain put to use. This is an early chapter book written for kids age 7-11 who enjoy laughing. But of course, parents are allowed to read it, too, and get their tickle on. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Claude at the Beach was provided in exchange for my honest review. This is part of a scheduled blog tour sponsored by Peachtree Publishers to promote the April 2014 launch of the book. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not compensated for this review.