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