Sunday, July 3, 2016

Cowpoke Clyde is Back, and So Is Dawg

Cowpoke Clyde and Dawg, my favorite picture book duo, are back in another zany adventure. And what an adventure!

Clyde finds an ad in his mailbox from Smedley's Splendid Bicycles that promises fun to the rider. Now, Clyde is used to horses. How can a bicycle be a smart thing to get? But he talks himself into it, considering that a bicycle doesn't require food, doesn't make noise, and doesn't run off on its own.

And it's gotta be easy to ride, right?

Wrong. Clyde and Dawg are in for chills and thrills. The reader is in for lots of laughs. From the illustrations, Dawg's funny bone seems to be tickled as well, although Clyde doesn't find his adventures one bit funny. Illustrator Michael Allen Austin captures the humor, the terror, the horror, as Clyde rides the range on his out-of-control bicycle, his expressions wildly changing from scene to scene.

I loved this book. It's a great read-aloud. Clyde's "voice" is pitch perfect, as is the narrator's voice. Mortensen's rhyming works beautifully, and I can imagine young listeners chanting along as they listen more than once to this delightful book. Dawg is so doggone doggie, you'll want take him home.

This was a great follow-up to Mortensen's first Cowpoke Clyde book, Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg. (I reviewed it on my blog two and a half years ago HERE.)    

 You can buy Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg at Amazon HERE

You can buy Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range HERE

I certainly hope there is a third Cowpoke Clyde book in the works!

More information about where and how to buy these books and the books below can be found on Lori's  WEBSITE HERE. Visit the site, too, to read more reviews of these books.
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Check out two other rhyming picture books by Lori Mortensen: In the Trees, Honey Bees (it's won all kinds of awards), as well as the award-winning Cindy Moo, and a non-rhyming biography about Léon Foucault, Come See the Earth Turn. 

Foucalt's Pendulum'

Hey, diddle-diddle.
Find out about the secret
life of bees.


Rosi said...

I will have to check this out. I really liked the first book as well. Thanks for the heads up.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Rosi, if you liked the first one, I'm sure you'll like this one. And the illustrations are hilarious.

Mark Noce said...

Cool! Thanks for hipping me to this! :)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi Mark. Yes, your children would probably adore this book. (These books, actually.)

Sandra Cox said...

This sounds like a fun read. Congrats to Lori and a happy weekend to Elizabeth;)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Sandra, it's really a fun read. And Mortensen has nailed the art of the rhyming picture book. It's so hard to do well, but she's got it. Have a great day.