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A wonderfully funny book for all ages - brilliant illustrations & story
on 10 February 2011
If you're feeling faint,you may have 'eleven-o'clock-itis'. What you need: ' a nice cup of tea & a sit down' p84 'Claude in the City'. I LOVE this book. I first 'found' @Alex_T_Smith on twitter, laughed at his tweets and followed the links to his blog where I was blown away by his brilliant, funny, warm illustrations. I was really looking forward to 'Claude in the City' and wasn't disappointed.
This is a gorgeous book. It was a huge hit with my children, aged 11, 12 and nearly 15, because of the wit of the illustrations and the cheeky jokes (Dr. Achinbum and the picture of the statue of a bottom come to mind), yet it is sweet and gentle enough to be read to little ones. The delightful partnership of a small, plump dog wearing a beret and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock (grubby and smelling a bit like cheese) gives us a book full of humour and wit - look out for the funny details in the background illustrations and gentle authorial jokes throughout the text. I am nearly 46, and have never before identified with a sock, but when, in the midst of a daring robbery by a delightfully buxom and cheerful lady Art thief, Sir Bobblysock felt 'sick with worry', I knew exactly what he was experiencing! Luckily for the sensitive reader, Claude saves the day, and he and Sir Bobblysock are carried home in triumph by the wonderful lady wrestlers, creations who, with the tatooed man embroidering in the doctor's surgery, or the lady and poodle both covered in pink spots, epitomise Alex T Smith's wonderfully original characters! Recommended for ALL AGES!