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My family are united in their love of Claude, the delightful dog and his equally delightful sidekick Sir Bobblysock. We have loved Claude from the beginning and he never fails to please. Claude, Going for Gold was sent to me to review by the Amazon Vine programme in exchange for my honest opinion.


Honestly and promisedly, we love it. Alex T. Smith is both a brilliant illustrator and a brilliant writer. His books work for both adults and children because his humour is beautifully multi-layered. Children will enjoy the slapstick nature of Claude’s adventures and adults will love the subtle humorous asides. I particularly love the character of Sir Bobblysock for these qualities.

In Going for Gold, Claude and Sir Bobblysock are stumped as to how to spend their day when they get inadvertently caught up in a sporting parade that takes them to an arena sports day. Claude dons a pair of borrowed ‘snazzy knickers’ and competes in many different events. Success eludes him until Sir Bobblysock spots some nefarious activity going on near the trophy table.

A wonderful transitional book which would be a fabulous addition to any primary school library and which would work equally well for both boys and girls. A delight to share as a bed time story and from my own experience, Claude books make excellent stocking stuffers for those in their late teens as an unexpected and wholly welcome Christmas gift.