Claude in the Spotlight
Written and Illustrated by Alex T. Smith
Claude and Sir Bobblysock are at it again. As soon as Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes leave for the day, the pals are off in search of adventure. This time, they wander into a kids’ dance class. When a fly goes up Claude’s stylish red sweater, his gyrations are the hit of the class. Claude and Sir Bobblysock then follow the kids to a theater, where they are all to participate in a variety show. There, of course, Claude saves the day. A bad man tries to scare everyone away by pretending to be a ghost, so he can have the prize. But Claude recognizes his fakery. An operatic lady Viking, whose talent is breaking glass with her voice, causes a large chandelier to nearly fall on the show’s sponsor. Claude and the bad man catch the chandelier in time. So Claude and Sir Bobblysock take home boxes of cakes, the prize. Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes are very confused by the cakes.
Much of the story is told through the amusing illustrations, especially the contributions of Sir Bobblysock.
There is a lot to hold the attention of second graders. This would also make a great read aloud, with kids helping to point out the many illustration details.
- Title: Claude in the Spotlight
- Author/Illustrator: Alex T. Smith
- Published: Peachtree Publishers, 2015
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
- Grade Level: 1 to 4
- Genre: Humor
- ISBN: 978-156145-895-0