Claude at the Circus by Alex T. Smith

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Come one, come all for this extraordinary fiction debut for both Alex T. Smith and his unforgettable hero, Claude.


Claude at the Circus by Alex T. Smith

A walk in the park leads to a walk on a tightrope when Claude joins a circus, throws custard pies, and becomes the star of the show! Funny and exciting stories from a bright, young newcomer.


'Watch out for this new kid on children's books block, you will be won over! ' -

'I loved everything about this book.' - Bookbag

'A treat for new readers.' - Peters Gazette

'Claude's gentle adventures and Alex T. Smith's irresistible illustrations make this a great book to share with children.' - ABC Magazine

'Comic talent not just for writing a good story but also illustrating it in a fitting but hilarious style.' - Books For Keeps

'A wonderful creation for newly independent readers.' - The Bookseller

'Perfect for newly developing readers and great to share.' - Primary Times

'Smith's beret-sporting pooch, Claude, is back on hapless and hilarious form in Claude At The Circus.' - Junior

'Illustrated with humour and elegance on every page.' - Sunday Times

About the Author

Alex T. Smith

When Alex T. Smith was a little boy, he wanted to be a chef, a rabbit or a children’s book illustrator. Now, at the young age of 23, he has won awards for his art and has illustrated his first picture book, the acclaimed Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero and his second book, Home, is published in January 2009. Home is the first book that Alex has written and illustrated.

Whilst studying illustration at Coventry University, Alex won second prize in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picture Book Illustration in 2006 and was highly commended for the same award in 2005. Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award and Alex was longlisted for the Greenaway Medal 2009, an amazing accolade for such a new and young writer!

Alex lives in York with his wife and four very naughty, tiny dogs.

Here are some things that Alex likes to do in his spare time:

Watching films, especially French cinema and animated films.

Cooking. (He likes to read cook books like they are novels - straight through from cover to cover!)

Making small, hand sewn toys.

Looking after his pets and planning what other pets he will have when he has a bigger house!

He’s re-learning French (having only remembered random phrases and a collection of useless words from school!)

He loves looking in antique shops, vintage clothes shops and flea markets for treasures!

Keeping travel sketchbooks.

Walking in the woods.


Drinking Red Bush Tea

He also likes people watching, eavesdropping, looking out of the window, doodling whilst on the phone, talking and taking his dogs for a walk in the park and having a go on the swings if no one is looking.

Photo credit: Dominic Turner

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

5th January 2012




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