Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg

Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg Cover

Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg

By Lori Mortensen; Michael Allen Austin (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547239934, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 14, 2013

Cowpoke Clyde's house was completely clean he d even shooed off the horseflies: Then right behind his cookin pot, / he spied one thing he d plumb forgot: / ol Dawg, his faithful, snorin friend, / all caked with mud from end to end. Needless to say, Dawg wakes up and runs. The chase that follows with page-turn surprises makes for a hilarious shaggy-dog story involving fleas, a hog, bribery, cats, deception, and a mule. The rhyming stanzas are pitch-perfect, Texas-style, and plumb near cry out to be read aloud. Austin's expressive acrylic and colored-pencil caricatures of Cowpoke Clyde and his menagerie are priceless. A storytime shoo-in

About the Author
Lori Mortensen is an award-winning author. She lives with her family in California. Visit her website at

Michael Allen Austin is the award-winning illustrator of several children's books. "Publishers Weekly" has exclaimed that his illustrations are "wild and wily," and "Booklist" has called his art "unusual and exuberant." He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kim, and their own wild animal, Riley the sheepdog. His website is