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Welcome to Middle-Grade Monday. Today I am taking a look at an early middle grade reader, Claude on the Slopes by Alex. T. Smith. Brought to you from Peachtree Publishers. They have an adorable How to make a Claude sock puppet up on their blog.
Claude the dog lives at 112 Waggy Avenue along with his best friend Sir Bobblysock. One day Claude opens his front door to see the world covered in white. It's his first sight of snow. Together Claude and his friend find their way to a mountain where they learn all about sledding, snowballs and avalanches.
This is a seriously cute book that both child and adult will love. On the child's side, Claude is an adventurous dog who wears a magic beret. This nifty beret left me in fits, reminding me of Mary Poppins carpet bag. What fun for a child's imagination? So great. The book is done in a black, white and red color scheme that works. Somehow the author/illustrator is able to capture the perfect expressions on the character's faces, especially Claude's smug looks. The author's European roots shine through as Claude loves his tea and fashion. Claude dazzles wherever he goes and learns all about the many things that can be done with snow.
As an adult this book cracked me up. There are so many inside jokes that had me snorting. I really liked the fact the Sir Bobblysock had a bunion. I could read this book over and over to my kids. 4 stars for Claude!