Claude: Anyone for Strawberries?
Hodder Children’s Books
This is another is the delectably funny Claude stories spawned by the Claude TV Show and it’s perfect summer reading.
It’s a Tuesday in Pawhaven, but one that starts badly for our friends Claude and Sir Bobblysock who have been eagerly anticipating “Strawberries-for-Breakfast day”.
Off they dash to Denzel’s fruit-and-veg van, but disaster! When they arrive Denzel informs them that on account to the Pawhaven Tennis Championships, all the strawberries are already sold.
The friends head to the park, and as they arrive a tennis ball hurtles out of the sky directly towards Sir Bobblysock.
In a flash Claude leaps skyward, catching the ball in his beret, mightily impressing his pal.
Meanwhile the semi-final has ground to a halt. Movie star, Errol Heart-Throb, is refusing to continue without his lucky ball.
Needless to say he’s thrilled to have it handed back by Claude. Before you can say “strawberries’ Claude has landed himself a job as official match ball boy.
You can guess where Sir B. heads off to, hardly able to contain his excitement at the prospect. However, once again his anticipated strawberry feast is thwarted.
In the meantime, Errol has been declared the winner of the semi-final but it appears that vanity will stop the now ruffled-looking victor from playing in the final.
Claude is to take his place and is more than willing when he learns what the prize is …
There’s a slight snag though – the other finalist is Kimberley and she has a somewhat over-sized racket.
It’s a tense match, but who will be the winner? I wonder …
As with all the Claude stories, this is a smasher.
Game, set and match to Alex T.Smith and the TV series for another winning episode served up with bowls full of summery deliciousness. Hard luck if you happen like this reviewer, to be allergic to those small fruity berries Claude and Sir Bobblysock love so much. In which case, just get the book and pass on the strawberries.
If that’s not enough for your young Claude enthusiasts then also based on the Sixteen South TV show is:
Claude: Ever-So-Summery Sticker Book
Hodder Children’s Books
Set on Pawhaven beach it’s full of seasonal silliness, Claude and Sir Bobblysock style.
There are lots of activities to test your little ones’ visual skills, pages to adorn with sandcastles (and some of the 250 stickers that make up the centre pages); a maze to navigate; a picnic to share with the two favourite characters and more.