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Alex T. Smith
Alex T. Smith in 2017
Alex T. Smith in 2017
Born (1985-08-02) 2 August 1985 (age 38)
Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Occupation Author, Illustrator
Alma mater Coventry University

Alex T. Smith (born (1985-08-02)2 August 1985) is a British author and illustrator of children's books, including Primrose, Egg, Ella, and the Claude book series. He was the illustrator for World Book Day 2014 in September 2013. His books have been published in several languages including Welsh, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Hungarian and Chinese.


He graduated in 2006 from Coventry University with a degree in illustration.

Claude series

Claude is a dog. Claude is a small dog. Claude is a small, plump dog. Claude is a small, plump dog who wears a beret and a lovely jumper...

—Alex T. Smith

The adventures of Claude were published in a series of 10 books from 2011 to 2016. Recurring characters include Sir Bobblysock who accompanies Claude, and Mr & Mrs Shinyshoes, Claude's owners.

Claude was chosen as one of Clara Vulliamy's five favorite fictional characters and appears on gift cards produced by National Book Tokens.

In October 2013, it was announced that Claude had been optioned by Sixteen South for television aimed at boys and girls aged 4–6, and premiered on Disney Junior in June 2018.

Interesting facts about Alex T. Smith

  • Alex has drawn and written stories since he could hold a pencil.
  • As a child, he dreamt of becoming a space traveler.
  • Before getting trained as an illustrator, he worked as a production assistant for an outdoor theatre events company.
  • In his free time, Alex loves doodling in his sketchbook, reading and people watching.
  • His favorite foods are cake and tea.
  • He lives with three dogs - two chihuahuas named Coco and Mr. Bongo, and a Yorkshire Terrier named Lucy Locket.

Awards and recognitions

  • 2006 Second prize in the Macmillan Prize for Children's Picture Book Illustration.
  • 2009 Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
  • 2011 Stockport School's Book Award for My mum has X-ray Vision by Alex T. Smith and Angela McAllister.
  • 2011 Dundee Picture Book Award for Bella & Monty.
  • 2013 Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Claude at the Circus.
  • 2014 Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Claude in the Spotlight.
  • 2016 Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for The Hundred and One Dalmations.
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