Book review: Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range, by Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Michael Allen Austin

Mortensen, Lori. Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range. Illustrated by Michael Allen Austin. Clarion Books, 2016. $16.99. ISBN 9780544370302. Unpaged. Ages 4-7. P7Q8

Cowpoke Clyde buys a new-fangled bicycle out of a catalog so he can see what the fuss is all about. Along with Dawg, he wobbles around the prairie causing chaos and fear among the local animals. At first it doesn’t go so well, but Clyde persists and eventually decides that he likes his bike. The story is told in rhyming, humorous language that pulls the reader along at a good pace. The digital illustrations have a lot of humor in them and will appeal to most kids.

VERDICT: Children who have learned to ride a bike, or are at that age will like this story and its message that if you keep practicing, you can get good at things that are hard.

March 2019 review by Carol Schramm.