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Claude at the Beach

(Claude #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  66 reviews
In the third installment of Claude's hilarious adventures, Claude and Sir Bobblysock pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. They rescue a man from a shark, win a sandcastle-bulding competition, and hunt for pirate treasure. Of course, they make it back home just before Mr. and Mrs. Shineyshoes come in from work.
Hardcover, 50 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Peachtree Publishers (first published 2011)
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Becky B
Claude and Sir Bobblysock decide to go to the beach, rescue a man from a shark and find treasure with pirates.

Kids unfamiliar with British slang should pick up some fun terms from this series. They'll also pick up some French in this one. The shark encounter and treasure hunting are both quite humorous. This artist draws people like no one else I've ever seen...they all have very interesting hairdos.
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Claude is a dog who acts like a human. In this book, he heads to the beach on holiday when his owners head off to work.

Slightly silly with spot-colored digital artwork, this title is a good read aloud or a beginning chapter book for grades 1-3.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, kinderboeken, ebook
This was a cute little story. I really love Claude.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These books are about the adventures that Claude, a small dog, and his sidekick Sir Bobblysock get into when his owners, referred to as Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes go to work everyday. In this book, the Claude and Sir Bobblysock decide to go on vacation to the beach. It follows their hilarious adventures as they pack their luggage, apply sunscreen, save a man from a shark, buy ice cream, build sand castles, and find buried treasure with pirates. At the end of the day, exhausted from their vacation t ...more
Very entertaining how each book begins with the dog's owners going out- we never see their faces, and they never see all the adventures Claude and Sir Bobblysock have. Pay attention to the pictures in these; they are just as funny as the story line. There's also an opportunity to learn a little French in the middle and in the glossary.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: c-2017, c
My daughter told me to rate this a 5 star because it was funny. Then she told me I had to check out the rest of the books about Claude at the Library for her to read because she enjoyed this book so much. The illustrations were very cute and the story was rather silly but fun at the same time.
Ashley Salisbury
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very very funny...I love how unique these books are. You never expect what's going to happen and end up on a fun ride.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are lovely stories which are a nice introduction to chapter books for the younger children. They are about a small, plump dog called Claude who goes on adventures with his best friend Sir Bobblysock, who is a sock who smells like cheese. In this adventure, Claude packs his suitcase with items he thinks he might need to have on holiday, including; squirty cream, underwear and sun cream. The children loved the pirates, the skull island and the things Claude packed for holiday. The pictures i ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny book about a dog who goes out whilst his owners are at work. He goes on an adventure to the beach, meets pirates and still manages to be home when his owners get back from work.

This book is a lovely book to introduce children to chapter books, I think it would be suitable for strong readers in Year 2 as well Year 3 and 4.
Jennifer Lawler
In this instalment, Claude waits until his owners, Mr & Mrs Shinyshoes, have headed off to work before grabbing his best friend, Sir Bobblysock, and heading to the beach. The pair build sandcastles, try sunbathing and eat ice creams before meeting some pirates. An illustrated summer story to keep kids occupied on the journey to the beach. ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is only the second "Claude" book that I have read, but it was so much better than the first one. It had really funny moments at the beach AND pirates. What more could you ask for from a book like this?
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some really great illustrations here. Love the picture explaining why the lifeguard couldn't help just then.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Claude is a creative and charming character and I love his sidekick Sir Bobblysock! This was a fun read and I am going to read the next two in this series.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Claude decides he needs a vacation and heads to the beach with his best friend, Mr. Bobblysock. Adventure awaits as they search for treasure and escape naughty pirates.
Joanna Wang
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and it’s a silly book. I love this and I have a good book I want to read this book is cold cludy in city.
Debra Phiri (Dragon Nanny)
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So funny and filled with joy. We love Claude and Sir Bobblysock adventures.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Really cute and pretty silly. My 8 year old really enjoyed it.
Vera Godley
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Claude at the Beach is the third book by author and illustrator Alex T. Smith. Mr. Smith has created a character I foresee as becoming a classic in time. Claude is a cute dog (probably with a somewhat quirky international flavor and character) and his side kick is a striped sock – Sir Bobblysock (think “bobby socks”).

In this, book three, the twosome wait their for their people to depart for the day, which they do right on time. Then Claude declares it is time for a vacation. So they begin to pac
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 5.0

This is it!  This is the next generation of children's book classics.

I am new to the world of Claude and his friend Sir Bobblysock (Oh how I love that name and character!), and I absolutely adored this book!

From the humorously original silliness (he wears suntan lotion and whipped cream at the beach) to the many adventures Claude and Sir Bobblysock are involved in (a sandcastle building contest; rescuing a swimmer from a shark
Pop Bop
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A Cheerful Beach Adventure (With Pirates

It seems to me that for a kid's general interest picture/story book what you sometimes want is - a friendly looking hero, a story that moves along but makes sense, illustrations that are clear or at least easily explainable, and a cheerful overall vibe. There are other books that are edgier or maybe more audacious, but for a solid appealing read those basic elements seem to describe a successful book.

Well, that's what we have here. Claude has a certain wid
Louise / Daisy May Johnson
I am very lucky in that I have access to a university library which has a genuinely superb children's literature collection. I have got hundreds of books out of there and I am nowhere near reading them all.

And sometimes, when you turn left instead of right, when you go to 823.92 as opposed to 712.092, you can come across an absolute treasure. Claude on Holiday by Alex T Smith is such a treasure. It's flipping lovely and ridiculously adorable.

There's a delightfully naughty feel to the story, an
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review.

My 7 year old and I read this book together; both of us enjoyed it. Claude is a dapper dog who enjoys adventures in the human world in the way only animals can. We laughed at Claude's antics and for this teacher mama, the discussion my son led once we finished was terrific. He noticed details, flipped back to check facts and analyzed the text in a very scholarly way. His teacher would've been so proud
Tibby (she/her)
A chapter book series for kids and parents with a sense of humor. Claude heads out to the beach for a vacation. He brings along underwear, whipped cream, sunscreen, his signature beret, some slightly squashed sandwiches, and his best friend Sir Bobblysock. At the beach Claude has to save a swimmer from a shark, joins a sand castle competition, and helps a pirate family find buried treasure. Turns out it’s a good thing he brought a lampshade and those sandwiches because a tense moment with a crot ...more
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In the third installment of Claude's hilarious adventures, Claude and Sir Bobblysock pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. They rescue a man from a shark, win a sandcastle-bulding competition, and hunt for pirate treasure. Of course, they make it back home just before Mr. and Mrs. Shineyshoes come in from work.


Our cute little dog and his best friend Sir Bobblysock are out for another day's adventure. I love the illustrations in the Claude books. The pictures as well as
Trudy Zufelt
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my original review as appeared on my blog, Boys To Books.
I received this book at no charge from the publisher.

Claude the dog with the red beret needs a vacation. What better person to spend it with than his best friend, Sir Bobblysock. After packing all sorts of useful things like tambourines, whipped cream, and sticky tape, the two head off on and adventure to the beach.

Claude's relaxing day at the beach winds up filled with excitement as he rescues a swimmer from a shark, enters sand
Beyond the Pages
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this delightfully funny, little book! Claude and his sidekick Sir Bobblysock were a riot. Their adventures were unique. Their stream of unexpected fortune was unbelievably good. The whole book was hilarious.

The other quirky characters were just as interesting and just as comical, in my opinion. And I must say that the names of the characters were perfect.

The illustrations were simple but totally well-suited for this story. They were playful and cute. I found myself not want
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Claude is just an ordinary dog, who, when his owners leave for the day, wants to enjoy an ordinary day at the beach. But of course, adventures ensue! While the lifeguard is busy helping a lady with her beach balls, Claude musters up the bravery to save a man from being eaten by a shark. When he gets peckish, his attempts to order ice cream in French confound the salesman who gives him 3 ice creams and more for free. But that's nothing compared to the adventure that occurs when he meets a band of ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
{my thoughts} – I just finished reading this book to my six year old son. When I asked him what he liked most about the book he replied he liked that Claude went on vacation, searched for treasure and pretended to sleep. He had laughed and giggled through much of the book and all and all enjoyed it until the last page.

I really liked this book. The words go along nicely with the pictures. The story is about an adventure and it’s always fun to read about adventures. I also have a soft spot for boo
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Claude, and I can't wait to read more of his adventures.

Claude at the Beach is technically a young chapter book, but every page is illustrated, so it would work well as a transitional book for kids who should be reading more on their own, but still appreciate pictures. (But if a parent winds up reading it aloud, there are plenty of elements for them enjoy in the story, too!)

Kids will certainly enjoy the idea of a dog who sneaks out on grand adventures when his owners are gone, and they'll
This bizarre but hilarious series about an adventuresome dog and his sock sidekick is growing on me. In this installment, Claude decides that he and Sir Bobblysock deserve a vacation. After packing his suitcase with an odd assortment of things he thinks they'll need, they head to the beach where they soak up the sun, save someone's life, encounter pirates, and find treasure. Their human companions have quite a surprise when they return from a day's work. The last two pages made me hoot in deligh ...more
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Alex T. Smith is the creator of the much-loved and bestselling Claude fiction series for early readers. He was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2014, and other recent accolades include the UKLA Picture Book Award for Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion and the Children’s Book of the World Illustration Award for illustrating Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians. When not working, ...more

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