Books by Michael Allen Austin

SEVEN RULES YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT BREAK IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE THE CAFETERIA by John Grandits
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Some solid advice about both the cafeteria and life is embedded in this tongue-in-cheek tale. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Grandits and Austin team up again to bring readers more school rules that they should (not!) follow. Read full book review >
COWPOKE CLYDE RIDES THE RANGE by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Another doggone funny cowboy caper chock full o' chuckles. (Picture book. 3-8)"
That ol' rascal Cowpoke Clyde is back in the saddle again for another rollicking ride on the range (Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg, 2013), this time on one of them newfangled machines called a bicycle.Read full book review >
HISSY FITZ by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Not Jennings' best, but worth it for cat fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Can't a kitty catch a break for a nap? Not in the Fitz house. Read full book review >
COWPOKE CLYDE AND DIRTY DAWG by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Plumb funny, fer sure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Gadzooks! Cowpoke Clyde has talents galore, but he just can't corral that big ol' dirty Dawg into the washin' tub, and all Clyde's efforts lead to some mighty hilarious mischief in this cumulative tale set in the old West. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Worthy of being shelved next to Jon Scieszka's funniest. (Picture book. 6-12)"
Grandits' latest is a hilarious tongue-in-cheek look at the perils of riding the school bus. Read full book review >
SAM PATCH by Julie Cummins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

Sam Patch was a real person who found fame (and an early death) by jumping from dangerous heights. Here he receives renewed attention in this odd, lively tale. Finding the prospect of working in the mills unappealing, Sam turned to jumping from the falls that powered them in town after town—and even Niagara—ultimately perishing as he tried to one-up himself at a falls near Rochester, N.Y. The fact that Sam once pushed a pet bear into the river before jumping in himself may give animal lovers pause, but in general the details that Cummins highlights should help readers picture Sam's early 19th-century world. Austin's illustrations likewise are appropriately energetic. Exaggerated features and odd perspectives emphasize Sam's lanky frame and the daring heights to which he aspired. The abrupt and anticlimactic end, however, may cause readers to wonder what the book is trying to say. Sam's story proves that people have long been fascinated by those who willingly risk harm—but that is hardly news. This brief biography of one particular historical daredevil seems poorly suited to the picture-book format and audience. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)Read full book review >