FICTION

Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg

illus. by Michael Allen Austin. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. May 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-23993-4. LC 2011052429.
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K-Gr 1—At the end of a satisfying day, Cowpoke Clyde decides that the only thing he'd forgotten to clean was his "ol' Dawg, his faithful, snorin' friend,/all caked with mud from end to end." However, corralling Dawg is definitely not a snap, and Clyde's continued efforts result in a cumulative disaster of frantic chickens, flying feathers, spilled soup, biting fleas, a slippery hog, hissing cats, and a braying mule, all "gettin' soaked" instead of Dawg. Even the hog gets a wide-eyed close-up here. Finely crafted acrylic scenes contain a wide range of angled perspectives and shadows within Clyde's tiny shack and outside on the ranch. Cartoon figures cavort across the spreads and escape their frames. Rhyming couplets reveal a cowboy twang of missing final "g's." A first purchase for most libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

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