I have a little sister for those who don't know. She likes to give me books to read. This one came as a request from her. So yes, today's book is for a younger crowd, for the smaller readers in your family.
It is funny, it involves dogs, and it is totally Texas.....today's selection is Hank the Cowdog. I had read around 2 books in the series when I was younger, but for some reason I had never picked it up beyond that. The books I read weren't even the first 2 in the series. So now, I'm making up for it. I've decided to read through the entire Hank the Cowdog series. Presently there are 61 books, 61 being released just this year. So as y'all can imagine, this is quite the challenge. But as a Texan, how can I refuse?
Now let's get on with #1 shall we?
Hank The Cowdog #1: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
Author: John R. Erickson
Illustrator: Gerald L. Holmes
Alrighty, lets begin. The story opens with Hank. Hank is, as the title blatantly states, a cowdog. He's just been dubbed Head of Ranch Security and already he's got trouble a-brewin'. There's been a murder and the amount of suspects is too many to come to any conclusions. On top of that, Hank has a great scene at the beginning where he pounces on an unsuspecting visitor and ends up with more surprises himself.
Hank the Cowdog is a great storyteller with lots of charm and quirks. Words are misspelled purposely, but who can blame a dog for trying? Lots of Texasisms fill the pages as we find out that it is a dog-eat-dog world. This book abounds with humor and adventure. Hank's struggles are obvious and he overcomes them with style.
Hank is full of surprises and I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit. It was also a quick read, having only 12 chapters. Drover is Hank's lovable, albeit a tad dimwitted, sidekick. He brings in a lot of the comedy relief necessary when solving a murder mystery. While not the sharpest tool in the shed, Drover is definitely full of heart.
If you're looking for a quick read to take a break from all the long, contemporary novels, Hank the Cowdog is certainly quick, breezy, and loads of fun. This is the perfect read for younger readers, say 4th grade and up. They'll have a blast reading about their new friend out West. Props to Mr. Erickson and Mr. Holmes for bringing this western comedy to the homes of children across the states.
Until the next review, adios pardner!