Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith

Claude on the SlopesInformation

Goodreads: Claude on the Slopes
Series: Claude
Source: Armchair BEA giveaway
Published: October 3, 2013


Claude, a beret-loving dog, and his best friend Sir Bobblysock live with this owners Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes at 112 Waggy Avenue.  When Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes leave the house, though, Claude and Sir Bobblysock do, too.  Today, they are looking for the perfect snow day activity–but and avalanche might put a halt to their plans.


Claude on the Slopes is a fun and heartwarming story about the magic of a snow day and the power of friendship.  The book opens with a brief overview of Claude’s background (his owner, his best friend, etc.) so readers do not have to read the series in any particular order to be able to follow along.  From there, the book jumps right into Claude’s and Sir Bobblysock’s adventures looking for the best winter activities.

The story is quirky (after all, Claude’s best friend is a sock named Sir Bobblysock), but it is also always positive.  Cluade and Sir Bobblysock are open-minded about trying new things and enjoying their snow day together.  Even with things go wrong, with the plans, or with their friendship, they are willing to put in the effort to patch things back together.  And no one ever complains.  Because of this, their friendship is really cute and inspiring.  The two are polite to the point of formality sometimes, but they obviously care for each other and always have the other’s back.

Claude on the Slopes is a quick but entertaining read.  In under 100 pages, and pretty short sentences, Alex T. Smith manages to pack a lot of heart, humor, and action.  This book would be great for children (Who can resist a talking dog in a beret?), but is also wise and fun enough to be a fun read for adults.  I would love to see Claude taking on more adventures.

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