2021 Wyoming Great Read



Rowdy Randy book coverRowdy Randy, written by Casey Day Rislov and illustrated by Zachary Pullen, has been selected by the Wyoming State Library for the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading” list. This annual list of books represents the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together bestselling authors, poets, and illustrators with thousands of readers for book talks, panel discussions, book signings, and other engaging activities. This year’s festival, taking place September 17-26, will be held virtually.

About the Book

“Yeehaw!” Rowdy Randy shouted to the wind. “I was born to buck!”

Page from book showing cartoon of horsefly riding lizard with text reading "Yeehaw! I was born to buck!" Rowdy Randy is the toughest cowgirl around. Never mind that this broncobuster is a horsefly. She acts taller than any tall tale. She might be easy to overlook, but Rowdy Randy definitely can’t be ignored. She spends her days buzzing and bothering all the creatures in her path, all the while stirring up a whole heap of trouble. Saddle up, hold on tight for a story that’ll jangle your spurs and blow your cowboy hat clean off!

With over thirty pages of vivid traditional art and a story that will leave you wondering if you’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting Rowdy Randy, this book is sure to please as a campfire story or a bedtime one. Rowdy Randy will enlighten your imagination and bring joy to anyone who reads it. I hope she doesn’t make you her next snack.

Our Interview with the Author and Illustrator

Natural World Panel Discussion

Casey Rislov sat down with other authors whose book fell under the “Natural World” theme. See more Great Reads panel discussions videos on other topics.

About the Author

Casey Rislov in cowboy hat signing books and smiling.Casey Rislov holds a master’s degree in elementary education and is endorsed in early childhood and special needs. She has been sharing her love of reading and writing with young buckaroos since publishing her first picture book in 2011. She has since published six books and won awards and accolades. She lives in Wyoming with her three favorite cowboys.

About the Illustrator

Portrait of Zachary (Zak) Pullen wearing hat and white shirt.Zachary Pullen’s picture-book illustrations have won awards and garnered starred reviews. He has been honored several times with acceptance into the prestigious Society of Illustrators juried shows and the Communication Arts: Illustration Annual, best in current illustration.

Pullen’s character oriented picture book illustrations have been well received since first being published in 2004. His titles include: The Toughest Cowboy or How the Wild West was Tamed, Friday My Radio Flyer Flew, Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize, S is for Story: A Writers Alphabet, Finn McCool and the Great Fish, The Presidents, Rowdy Randy, The Christmas Ass, and many more.

Zak lives in Casper, Wyoming with his wife Renate while his son Hudson attends the University of Montana.