Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg - Lori Mortensen

>> Sunday, December 15, 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, multi-published author with over three dozen books to her credit. Like a detective on the trail for a clue, Lori follows her writing interests wherever they lead--sometimes to a fascinating, yet overlooked French scientist who proved the earth turned (Come See the Earth Turn: The Story of Léon Foucault, Random House, 2010) and other times to the remarkable insider activities of a honey bee hive (In the Trees, Honey Bees! Dawn Publications, 2009, winner of multiple awards including the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Book for Students K to 12.) Look for her rhyming picture books, "Cindy Moo" with HarperCollins (May 2012), and "Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg" with Clarion (Spring 2013). Visit her at to learn more about her books and her titles with Picture Window Books, Capstone Press, Stone Arch Books, KidHaven Press, and Marshall Cavendish Benchmark Books.


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