Smith, Alex T. 2014. Claude at the Beach. Atlanta: Peachtree.
Popular in the UK, with numerous books, Claude is a relative newcomer to the US. Claude at the Beach is the 3rd US release of this delightful, illustrated chapter book series about an imaginative dog and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock, an appropriately named sock.
The humor is immediately apparent when we learn that,
"Claude lives in his house with two people who are too tall to fit on this page. They are called Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes, and they both have very shiny shoes and neat ankles."
When the Shinyshoes head off to work, Claude sets out for adventure - this time to a French beach, where he will fashion makeshift bathing trunks from some sticky tape and Mr. Shinyshoes' underpants, rescue a bather from a shark, and meet up with a band of pirates - all with relatively more sensible Mr. Bobblysock in tow.
Illustrated pen and ink drawings in shades of black and red. Great fun.
Look for this one on shelves in March, 2014.
Advance Reader Copy supplied by publisher. (If you have a NetGalley account, you may be able to get a copy of this one)
Publishers Weekly review