Alex T. Smith
(Hodder Children’s Books)
Claude, the lovable beret-wearing dog, and his best friend Sir Bobblysock are back for another adventure, hurrah! Once more, as soon as his owners Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes are off to work, the duo are ready to go off on a new outing. They decide to go on their first ever holiday, and what seems to be a rather normal day at the seaside at first with ice-creams, sunbathing and sandcastle competitions, turns out rather eventful when Claude first ends up involved in a rescuing someone from a shark attack and then finds himself part of a treasure-seeking pirate crew! When they finally discover the treasure, they find themselves not to be the only ones looking to keep it. But one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure and Claude finds himself saving the day again, and still manages to be back home before Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes notice anything is astray … almost!
Claude and Sir Bobblysock again find themselves in some wacky and funny situations to the delight of readers. It is what I love most about the Claude books: the trademark British mix of the of farcical situations and the stoicism of its characters in the face of such situations, especially Sir Bobblysock!
I cannot recommend Claude on Holiday enough. Alex T.Smith manages to team up a quirky illustration style with an equally original and witty text and the result is as glorious as Claude in the City, with again the right balance of a retro ambiance with a modern storyline.
With its beach theme, it will be a great holiday read for newly independent readers, who will enjoy the heavily illustrated text yet paperback-style format, but will also make a hilarious family read-aloud.
Claude on Holiday just cannot fail to be a great success!
All illustrations © Alex T. Smith
Many thanks to Hodder Children’s Books for providing a review copy of “Claude on Holiday”.
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