Thursday, July 10, 2014

REVIEW: Claude on the Slopes

Claude on the Slopes
Author: Alex T Smith
Genre: Children, Chapter books
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication date: 10.3.2013
Pages: 96

Date read: 7.6.2014
Recommended by: NetGalley, Read 2 Review

Summary: Meet Claude. He is no ordinary dog – he leads an extraordinary life! Each day when his owners leave for work, Claude decides what adventure he will have. What will happen today?
     Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock, go to the Snowy Mountains to swish down the powdery slopes. When their winter wonderland threatens to avalanche, Claude must come to the rescue.

I really liked Claude … and his best friend Sir Bobblysock (who is, in fact, a sock). He is a cute and fun little guy, but he doesn't always know how to behave properly. In this book, he learns lots of stuff – using our inside and outside voices, especially in a library and out near snow covered mountains, plus some other snow safety – and he learns it all in a fun way. It was very cute.

The class: I have been working with them on sitting through longer books. I know, 96 pages seems a little long, but a lot of it is pictures – it's a chapter book for the little ones who are just starting out with reading. The kids had a lot of fun with this book and it was funny watching them whisper in the book center afterwards (because that's how you're supposed to act in a library) and to see them add the snow safety they learned into their dramatic play. I had several ask me to open my computer up so they could look at it again.

Favorite line: "Well, of course Claude had a tea tray he could use. He always kept one in his beret – with a full tea set just in case there was a tea-based emergency." And who HASN'T had a "tea-based emergency" at least some time in their lives? :)

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