Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Claude On the Slopes by Alex T. Smith (Review & Giveaway)

Oh! To see one's name in big, bold letters!

About the book:  Ages 7-9
ISBN: 9781561458059
$12.95 - Hardcover

We're visiting Claude again. Claude is from the United Kingdom (England) or France or somewhere thereabout. Claude is a dog and lives with his people and Sir Bobbysock. Claude and his friend and companion, Sir Bobbysock, like to gad about when his people are not present and this time the slopes have a covering of snow and that is where Claudel goes - The Slopes.

As an early reader "chapter book," the Claude series brings delightfully simple line drawings, sparingly colored with bright red and blues and a storyline complete with innuendoes that the adults will relish that is both elementary and sophisticated.

Elementary children will identify with a visit to the library and reminder to use their"indoor voice." And then the delight one feels when they encounter first snow! Discovery of snow and the fun it brings to life was a joy to Claude.

Claude wears a magical beret and it provides lots of goodies and helpful items along the way. Again, Alex T. Smith has brought a delightful book for young readers. Parents (and kiddies) who build home libraries will want to get the entire series. I encourage school and public libraries to add these to their shelves for young readers to enjoy.

Claude Sock Puppet!
Peachtree Publishers is home for Claude and is providing a giveaway copy for one of Chat With Vera's readers to win for a favorite child of yours or to give to a library. But before we get to the entry form, check out the Peachtree blog where they have an absolutely fun project making a sock puppet. Here is the link! and below is a picture of the finished project. Don't you just want to get started on one right now?

GIVEAWAY:  Begins October 14 & ENDS November 5 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to USA addresses only.
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Now read what other readers are saying about Claude On the Slopes
·     Monday,10/13- Picture Book to YA The Write Path
·     Tuesday, 10/14- Geo Librarian and  Kit Lit Reviews
·     Wednesday, 10/15- Chat with Vera
·     Thursday, 10/16- The 4th Musketeer
·     Friday, 10/17- Librarian in Cute Shoes

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Claude on the Slopes from Peachtree Publishers in exchange for this review. No compensation was received and opinions expressed are solely my own. The winner's giveaway copy is provided by Peachtree and will be shipped directly to the winner.


  1. I really would like for my son to read Stanley the Builder.

  2. Such a fun looking book. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I think my boys would like About Mammals. They love learning about animals.
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  4. I would like to have The Cheshire Cheese Cat for my daughter.

  5. I love the sock puppet!!! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week! I always enjoy your reviews and interviews!

  6. The English/Spanish version of About Mammals would be perfect for my nephew and niece because they are being introduced to Spanish in preschool.

  7. My daughter would also like The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett.

  8. I learned that has two chihuahuas called Coco and Mr. Bongo along with a Yorkshire Terrier called Lucy Locket. He loves tea and cake.

  9. The Cheshire Cheese Cat sounds like a good book.

  10. He enjoys drawing in his sketchbook and people watching -- and eavesdropping. Sounds like fun to me too. ;-)

  11. Over the Candlestick would be fun to read to my grandkids :)

  12. My son adores the Claude books, though we've only read 3. So thanks for bringing a new one to our attention. Stanley the builder would probably be a book he would enjoy.

  13. Looks like a great read and xmas present!


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