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Awards and Honors

Rhyme Revolution's Best Rhyming Picture Book of 2016

Bill Martin Jr Picture Book Award Nominee 2018


Grand Canyon Reader  Award Nominee 2018

Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range

Written by Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Michael Allen Austin

Published by Clarion, May 2016

Cowpoke Clyde is plumb confused. An ad in his favorite catalog says he oughta buy a bike. But why should he do that? After all, he's got a horse. Still, a bike wouldn't buck or bite, and he wouldn't have to feed it. He orders one and when it comes he mounts up and sets right off, wibble-wobblin' down the road. Turns out learning to ride a bike is just a tad bit harder than he thought! With its rip-roaring rhyming test and turn-the-page revelations, this book is purse read-aloud fun.

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"The pitch-perfect rhyming text is filled with amusing, old-fashioned expressions in Clyde's strong cowboy voice, just begging to be read aloud. . . Another doggone funny cowboy caper chock full o' chuckles."—Kirkus, STARRED Review 

"Mortensen's melodic and twangy couplets beg to be read aloud . . . it's clear this isn't Mortensen's first rodeo."—Booklist

​"Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range is a fun read-aloud book with rhyming and cowboy language that will keep readers laughing and coming back for more. Mortensen's first Cowpoke Clyde book won an Amazon's Best Book of the Year award, and this new rendition is sure to tickle the funny bone of all who read it or hear it aloud. Appropriate for preschool and primary aged children, listeners will surely soon catch onto the rhythm of the story and crave the next line."—Children's Book & Media Review