Santa Claude by Alex T. Smith

Santa Claude

Written by Alex T. Smith
Illustrated by Alex T. Smith
Part of the Claude Series

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In a nutshell: jolly seasonal adventures for ever-dapper Claude

Alex T Smith’s stories about Claude and his friend Sir Bobblysock are absolutely delightful and with their short extent and cartoon style layout are particularly suitable for newly-confident readers. In this festive special our two heroes find themselves having to take over from Santa Claus at short notice when Claude accidentally handcuffs him to a chair, thinking he’s a burglar. They’ve only managed to get to five houses by midnight, but fortunately Claude’s friend PC Anne Cuffs arrives and manages to set Father Christmas free. Text and illustrations are as jaunty as Claude’s beret and this is a festive treat from beginning to end. ~ Andrea Reece

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Santa Claude by Alex T. Smith

Claude and Sir Bobblysock think they've caught a burglar coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve. They clap on the handcuffs and turn on the lights. Oh no! It isn't a burglar - it's none other than Santa Claus! Now the key for the handcuffs is lost and it's up to our two heros to deliver all the presents before midnight...

Claude Going for Gold won the fiction 5-9 category in the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award.

Claude has also been selected for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and the Richard and Judy Book Club.

Claude is soon to be a TV star on Disney Junior with 52 episodes airing in 2017.


We've been won over again by Alex T Smith's offbeat canine, Claude, who has returned in his most festive escapade yet Bath Life

A beautifully designed hardback * Scottish Daily Express *

The Claude books by Alex T. Smith...are consistently engaging and zany * Irish Times *

I liked this book because it is a very funny story and the author has used a lot of imagination -- Ellen, aged 8 * Primary Times *

With plenty of panache, puns and Christmassy fun, this festive adventure from everyone's favourite beret-wearing dog is a perfect addition to your Claude collection * Book Trust *

Hurrah, Claude's back and he and Sir Bobblysock are getting into the festive spirit * WRD About Books *

As with all of Alex T. Smith's charming tales, there's a sackful of mishaps along the way, before Claude once again saves the day. Full of warm, read and white illustrations and plenty of laughs, Santa Claude will no doubt become a children's Christmas classic * Eastern Daily Press *

Oh Claude, you've done it again! * Sunday Independent *

A calamity occurs as Claude mistakes Santa for a burglar. In an attempt to save Christmas, Clause sets about delivering the presents himself * Little London Magazine *

With plenty of panache, puns and Christmassy fun, this festive adventure from everyone's favourite beret-wearing dog is a perfect addition to your Claude collection - or a brilliant introduction to Waggy Avenue * Bookwitch *

Full of warm, red and white illustrations and plenty of laughs, Santa Claude will no doubt become a children's Christmas classic * Belfast Telegraph *

With lots of action, this is an exciting read, and funny throughout both for children and adults. The Claude books are nicely versatile, as they're great to read aloud, but also fun to sneak off with and just read alone, or even just look at the pictures if you want to. Perfect for snowy evenings, cosy bedtimes and, of course, Christmas Eve! * The Bookbag

About the Author

Alex T. Smith

Alex T. Smith has worked as a writer and illustrator since graduating in 2006. He is the creator of the bestselling Claude series of early readers, which are soon to appear in their own TV series on Disney Junior. Alex lives in Warwickshire. This is his first commission for Walker Books.

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96 pages


Alex T. Smith
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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

5th October 2017




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