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Awards and Honors

One of Amazon's Best Picture Books of 2013

Winner of 2013 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award


One of Bank Street College's Best Books for 2014


Charlotte Award Nominee, 2016


New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominee


Treasure State Award Nominee (2015)


Cowpoke Clyde & Dirty Dawg

Written by Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Michael Allen Austin

Published by Clarion, May 2013

Cowpoke Clyde reckons life is sweet—until he spots his ol' Dirty Dawg! What to do? Pop him in the tub of course! But Dawg will have none of it, setting off a comical cowpoke commotion. It's not 'til Clyde is ready to throw in the towel, that he discovers the secret to bathing Dawg. Rollicking verse with page-turn surprises makes this uproarious tall tale a rootin' tootin' read-aloud.

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"This is a story that begs to be read aloud with a twang drawl, perhaps  as part of a Western or farm-themed story time. Plumb funny, fer sure."—Kirkus, STARRED Review

"A first purchase for most libraries."—School Library Journal, STARRED Review

"Not so fast, pardner! Turns out Cowpoke Clyde is better at lassoing cattle than wrangling his flea-ridden friend Dawg into the tub. Austin's exaggeratedly slim Clyde and highly animated animals should round up even reluctant readers."—New York Times 

“[Mortensen]offers here another humorous, rhyming picture book, this one filled with clever language and anticipatory page turns that will delight young listeners …This makes a good choice for story hours or one-on-one sharing.”—Booklist