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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Adventures of Clive is an adventure picture book for children, grades k-3, written by Diana Smith and illustrated by Ria Rosa. Clive was a young and adventurous clam who loved living at the water’s edge but wondered what else was out there. One day, he discovered the answer to the questions he had always had. His shell was picked up by a little girl, Adalyn, who brought him and the other shells she found that day back to her home. She put him on a shelf in her bedroom, with her other treasured items, and went down to eat dinner with the rest of her family. Then, she went back upstairs, took Clive off the shelf, and played with him. The next morning, however, Clive was not on the shelf. Adalyn had left him on the floor with her dirty clothes. Her mom accidentally picked up Clive with the laundry and can you guess where Clive ended up next? His adventures were just beginning.
In The Adventures of Clive, Diana Smith has young readers imagine what life is like for a young clam who craves adventure and is collected by a child and brought home -- as happens to countless living sea creatures every day. While the vast majority never do survive their adventures, I like to think this story will have kids considering when they pick up a pretty shell on the beach if there isn’t a Clive or other living creature inside it who is not quite sure they want an adventure away from their homes. Ria Rosa’s illustrations are grand fun as they follow Clive in his exploration of Adalyn’s world. I especially liked seeing how Rosa’s penchant for expressions shows Clive when he’s happy and when he’s feeling a bit hopeless and homesick. Parents and caregivers should consider sharing this story before a trip to the beach. The Adventures of Clive is highly recommended.