Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg (Hardcover)
Clarion Books, 9780547239934, 32pp.
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
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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
is an award-winning children’s book author of more than 100 books and over 500 stories and articles. Recent titles include Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey
(Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Away with Words, the Daring Story of Isabella Bird
(Peachtree), about a Victorian traveler who defied society’s boundaries for women and became the first woman inducted into the Royal Geographical Society. When she’s not letting her cat in or out, Lori is tapping away at her computer, conjuring, coaxing, and prodding her latest stories to life. She lives in Cameron Park, CA. www.lorimortensen.com
Michael Allen Austin is the award-winning illustrator of several children's books, including Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus. 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 sheepdog, Riley. Visit him online at austinillustration.com and on Instagram @michaelallenaustin.
Praise For Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg…
"A first purchase for most libraries."
—School Library Journal
"This is a story that begs to be read aloud with a twangy drawl, perhaps as part of a Western or farm-themed storytime. Plumb funny, fer sure."
—Kirkus, starred review
"[Mortensen] offers here another humorous, rhyming picture book, this one filled with clever language and anticipatory page turns that will delight young listeners."