Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith

Title: Claude on the Slopes
Author: Alex T. Smith
Length: 96 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Source: e-galley (It was a Read Now Title. Thank you NetGalley and Peachtree Publishers!)

Meet Claude. He's 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 received an e-galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Cutie Pie's Thoughts:

What is this book about?
Claude and Sir Bobblysock find something to do. But all Sir Bobblysock wanted to do was sit down.

What was your favorite part of the story?
 When Sidney Snood taught Claude how to ski and what an avalanche is.

Why did you like it?
 Because you have to know what avalanches are if you are a skier or if you like to ski.

Is there anything you didn't like about this book?

Do you like the illustrations?
Yes. I liked how they showed the people saying "Hooray".

Who do you think will like this book?

Cutie Pie's Rating:

My Thoughts:

This was our first Claude book and I think my daughter enjoyed it enough that we would read other books in this series. Overall, I think that the book is a fun and educational read. We enjoy reading books that take the characters and us on an adventure. And this book definitely did that.
This book concentrated on the first encounter with snow for both Claude and Sir Bobblysock. My daughter was able to be interested in the story since she has not had her first encounter with snow yet.
I liked that the author included snow safety into the story like what happens when you are loud around mountains of snow (avalanche) and snow rescue. We also enjoyed all the fun ways that Claude and Sir Bobblysock were able to play with and have fun in the snow.
I also liked that the author used some bigger vocabulary throughout the story. I love when we read books that do this.
The only things that bothered me a little bit were the scenes when Claude did something like accidentally throwing a boot at a kid's head during a snowball fight and just apologizing and giving him a lollipop as well as when when Claude just smiled and said sorry to Sidney Snood to get out of trouble. I just didn't really enjoy those parts.
We did enjoy the illustrations. They are fun and fit well with the story.

I would recommend this book for children in elementary school. Primarily 1st to 3rd grade. But I think that younger children could enjoy the story when being read to.

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