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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
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.
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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
|Publication date:||5th October 2017|
|Author:||Alex T. Smith|
|Illustrator:||Alex T. Smith|
|Publisher:||Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers|
A World Book Day Author 2019 Alex T. Smith has drawn and written stories since he could hold a pencil. After considering several career options (space traveller, cake maker, professional rabbit), Alex decided to train to do the job he’d wanted to do since he was five - an illustrator specializing in the world of children’s publishing. Alex graduated with a first-class degree in Illustration in 2006 and also won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in his final year. Since then Alex has gone on to work for a wide variety of clients, ...More About Alex T. Smith
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