Book Feature: Claude in the City, Written & Illustrated by Alex T.Smith

I was recently sent a copy of a  clever book for the elementary school crowd, (ages 7-9) that is witty, fun, educational and has some pretty darned great illustrations to boot! The book is Claude in the City, which was written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith.

Book cover photo courtesy of Peachtree Online

Book cover photo courtesy of Peachtree Online

Having an artistic eye myself, what I love about the appearance of the book is that it is entirely done in the eye-catching color combination of red, black and white. I found that to be refreshing, bold, exciting and sure to catch a little one’s eye!

The book is about Claude (a rather “Snoopy-esque”  looking Beagle I presume? Only Claude’s nose is pointier, but I digress) ,  who loves to go on adventures! When Claude’s  owners (who he refers to as Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes) leave for work,  Claude dons his trademark beret, and takes off with his best friend, Sir Bobblysock (“who is both a sock and very bobbly”), and they decide what adventure they will have that day.

Claude in the City is the first of what will be a book series featuring Claude. In this book, Claude and Sir Bobblysock visit the city for the first time. It starts off as an ordinary day as they visit local shops, have tea and visit a museum (where Claude accidentally foils a robbery!) That sure is no “ordinary” day,  that day became an extraordinary day, that is for sure!

If you are looking for a fun book for the little ones in your life, Claude in the City fills the bill! The series will continue with Claude at the Circus (coming Fall 2013) and Claude at the Beach (coming Spring 2014).

Photo courtesy of Peachtree Online

Photo courtesy of Peachtree Online

ABOUT THE AUTHOR from Peachtree Publishers: Alex T.Smith briefly considered careers in space travel, cookery and being a professional rabbit before finally deciding 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. He lives in England under the constant supervision of his canine companions-two very tiny, very naughty Chihuahuas and an ancient and very bossy Yorkshire Terrier. 

ISBN: 978-1-56145-694-9

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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of the book to read/review/feature on Dakota’s blog. All opinions are my own.

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23 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Looks like fun! Especially like the author’s bio 🙂 Sharing.

  2. Hmmm…looks French…looks like a Scent Hound…looks goofy…could be a book about me 🙂

    • definite French influence, definitely goofy…and cute! Love, “Mom”

  3. Woof! Woof! No wonder the book cover illustration looks great. Will check it out. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  4. Looks like a good book!

    Piggy kisses,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  5. Oh that was a great review – I like the names of the characters, specially the word: ” snoopy-esque” – that sounds great :o) Mom will buy it for me (it’s a lie she want it for herself, I’m only her alibi :o) Thanks a lot Dakota&Mom – have a wonderful weekend :o)

    • Thanks so much Easy! You always make my Mom smile!!!Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  6. Looks great! I will have to get 2 copies 1 for my nieces & 1 for me & baby Bella!

    • Melinda Hi! So nice of you to stop by! I bet they will love it! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  7. How fun!! I’ll have to get Mum to check this out!

    Hope you’re having a fun day 🙂

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  8. Sounds like a fab book for young’uns. Too bad we don’t have any of those here. BOL Have a great weekend Dakota (and Miss Caren…and Cody).
    *Cairn cuddles*

    • It is and we are with ya, no “young’ uns” around here either! You have a fabulous weekend too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Caren oh and Cody too!

  9. I bet this is a great book for kids to read! Looks like a lot of fun!

  10. Looks like a super cute book. No young ‘uns in our family either though! (Rita looks at little kids like “what are those??”)

    • Jackie it truly is! Cody and Dakota look at the little ones the same way lol. Love, “Mom”

  11. Sounds like a great book!

  12. oh I will send this to my furriend who has a therapy dog that helps children learn to read better. They always read books about woofies together…the child reads to the woofie about woofies…cool huh?

    • that is SUPER COOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  13. Looks like the kind of book I would have cherished as a kiddo 🙂

  14. Great review, i like the authors bio.


    • Thank you! I do too! Love, “Mom”

  15. What a great review! And guess what? I just happen to have a seven year old sister who happens to love dogs!! I am going to find this book for her. Thanks!!

    Your pal, Pip

    • Thanks sooooooo much Pip!!! I am so happy your 7 yr old sister will love it!!!Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

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