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!
Lori Mortensen is an award-winning author. She lives with her family in California. Visit her website at www.lorimortensen.com.
Michael Allen Austin is an award-winning illustrator who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and their sheepdog, who--unlike Dawg--likes to roll in laundry. Visit his website at www.michaelallenaustin.com.
"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." --Booklist Online