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Wyoming Children's Book Takes Multiple Awards

Casey Rislov

A children's book by an author and an illustrator from Wyoming has won multiple awards. Rowdy Randy, released in March 2019, tells the story of a horsefly who makes her home on the Wyoming range. 

The book received a first place award for both Best Children's Book and Best Children's Illustrations from the National Indie Excellence Awards in May. It also took first place for Best Children's Illustrations and second place for Best Children's Book from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in August, along with a National Parenting Product Award.

Author Casey Rislov said creating an illustrated children's book has to be a marriage. "My favorite part of the process, for me, is not just what I'm writing, it truly is what is the illustrator going to do with my words? I think pictures are magical," she said, "and it's amazing what illustrators can do."

Illustrator Zachary Pullen said the best thing about illustrating a book is getting the completed book from the publisher at the end of the process. "To know that your work is going to be preserved in that form forever is very satisfying," said Pullen, "and something that I think you want to share, and Rowdy Randy has that in spades."

Pullen and author Casey Rislov both call Casper home.

Korina Ike is a first year master's student in the Department of History. She is particularly interested in the environmental history of the American West. When Korina isn't happily pursuing higher education, she likes to spend time with her family (which includes Tequila, a German Sheperd mix)!

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