About the book...
Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock (who is both a sock and very bobbly), go to the city for the very first time. They go shopping, visit a museum, foil a robbery, and heal an entire hospital waiting room full of patients. All in all, a most satisfactory day for this delightful duo.
The subtle puns are DARN delightful (...sorry, couldn't help myself ^_^) and the illustrations are certainly smile inducing. The choice of a limited color palette, though unusual at first glance, really goes the extra mile in making the book, nay the whole series if I may be so bold, stand out. It's amazing how many variations on the color red one can actually have and the limited use of color on the whole makes those details that are endowed with pigment an even more eye popping display. But it's not all about presentation, it's also about the story...
Claude is our adorable lead...well, co lead if you want to share the title with Sir Bobblysock which I think he would. He has a penchant for red and berets and in fact when the two are together, he couldn't be happier. Nope. He's one sharply dressed fellow and he's out for an adventure. Every morning, after Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes (his owners) leave for work, his imagination runs wild. He thinks the impossible. Considers the enchanting. Finally, he settles for something not too out of this world and yet still suitably fantastic for a little dog and a bobblysock. The fun they have is memorable as are the obstacles they overcome or rather HOW they are conquered...such as a thief in the art museum and a trip to the hospital.
|Author Alex T. Smith|
with a little support from a bookish friend, as well as those that enjoy the simple pleasures that a friendly little book can bring. Young ones will be enchanted by the illustrations as Claude investigates his surroundings while still expanding their vocabulary and reading skills; a win-win indeed! This book is available now via Peachtree Publishers, so be sure to seek it out on a bookstore shelf near you. As previously mentioned, this is the FIRST in a NEW SERIES of books that will feature Claude and friends...and I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to it.
Special thanks to Emily at Peachtree Publishers for the chance to host the final stop on this tour and for the review copy. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their ever growing catalog of goodness, be sure to check out their site, catch up on their blog, like them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter. To see more of the author's written works and fun-tastic illustrations, stop by his blog where I'm told he shares glimpses of his past and future works from time to time...might even be one there now (~whistles~). It begs to be noted but I do love how when toting the availability of an item for preorder online, the author also makes mention of supporting your LOCAL "high street and independent book sellers" as well. Bookmarks up for that point indeed!