Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range

by Lori Mortensen and Michael Allen Austin

Cowpoke Clyde learns to ride a bike in a story of perseverance and friendship, with plenty of Western flair and a big dollop of humor.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544370302
  • ISBN-10: 0544370309
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 05/03/2016
  • Carton Quantity: 50

About the book

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. Good thing he’s got his trusty friend Dawg to look out for him. Turns out learning to ride a bike is just a tad bit harder than he thought! 

     With its rip-roaring rhyming text and turn-the-page revelations, this book is pure read-aloud fun. 


Praise for Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg

* “Plumb funny, fer sure.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review 


About the author
Lori Mortensen

Lori Mortensen is an award-winning children's book author of more than 100 books and over 500 stories and articles. Recent titles include Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey (Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Away with Words, the Daring Story of Isabella Bird (Peachtree), about a Victorian traveler who defied society's boundaries for women and became the first woman inducted into the Royal Geographical Society. When she's not letting her cat in or out, Lori is tapping away at her computer, conjuring, coaxing, and prodding her latest stories to life. She lives in Cameron Park, CA. Twitter: @lorimortensen

Michael Allen Austin

Michael Allen Austin is the award-winning illustrator of several children's books, including Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus. Publishers Weekly has exclaimed that his illustrations are "wild and wily," and Booklist has called his art "unusual and exuberant." He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kim, and their sheepdog, Riley. Visit him online at and on Instagram @michaelallenaustin.


"Mortensen’s melodic and twangy couplets beg to be read aloud..." 



"Another doggone funny cowboy caper chock full o' chuckles." 

Kirkus, STARRED review