The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (Hank the Cowdog Series #1)

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Hank has been accused of murder! In a fit of despair, Hank resigns his position as Head of Ranch Security and decides to join the outlaw coyotes. There he's known as Hunk (that's Hank in coyote language). Hank meets Missy Coyote, sister to Scraunch — the meanest, roughest, toughest, most notorious coyote in the whole country. If Scraunch found Hank with his sister... Well, look out for trouble.

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Overview

Hank has been accused of murder! In a fit of despair, Hank resigns his position as Head of Ranch Security and decides to join the outlaw coyotes. There he's known as Hunk (that's Hank in coyote language). Hank meets Missy Coyote, sister to Scraunch — the meanest, roughest, toughest, most notorious coyote in the whole country. If Scraunch found Hank with his sister... Well, look out for trouble.

Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, is framed for the murder of a chicken and becomes an outlaw with the coyotes.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781591886013
  • Publisher: Maverick Books TX
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Hank the Cowdog Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: 3 hours
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Erickson, a former cowboy, has written numerous books for both children and adults and is best known for his Hank the Cowdog series. He lives and works on his ranch in Perrytown, Texas, with his family.

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Hank Runs a Bluff (From Hank the Cowdog #1: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog) Hank has been accused of murder! In a fit of despair, Hank resigns his position as Head of Ranch Security and decides to join the outlaw coyotes on the open range. There he's known as Hunk (that's Hank in coyote language). Hank meets Missy Coyote, sister to Scraunch — the meanest, roughest, toughest, most notorious coyote in the whole country. If Scraunch found Hank with his sister... well, look out for trouble.

"How can a nice girl like you have such a bad brother?" said Hank.

Missy shook her head. "Hunk be careful. Not safe here."

"I ain't scared. Hank ready to fight whole family for Missy."

"Hunk in trouble. Whole family here."

I looked around. She wasn't kidding. The whole danged family had arrived. We was surrounded by lean-limbed, long-haired, scruffy-tailed, yellow-eyed, hungry-looking coyotes.

One of the first rules you learn in security work is never bite if you can bark; never bark if you can growl; never growl if you can talk; never talk if you can run.

In other words, when the odds are against you, the best kind of fight is none at all. That was my strategy, see. The longer I talked, the longer I could stay alive. And who knows, I just might say something that would change Scraunch's mind about tearing me limb from limb.

A hush had fallen over the tribe and all eyes were on the two of us. He sat down and leered at me.

I leered right back, tried to anyway, though I'd never really perfected a good leer.

"All right," I nodded, "you asked for it, you've really done it this time. Come on! Get off your duff and let's settle this thing once and for all. I'm tired of waiting. I mean, I came out here to get you, Scraunch. Oh, I know you thought I was messing around with your sister. Ha! That's just what I wanted you to think. It was a trap, Scraunch, and you walked right into it.

Missy glanced at me, and I gave her a smile and a wink.

Scraunch cut his eyes toward old Gut.

"Scraunch kill chicken dog."

I marched right up to him until there weren't more than a couple of inches between our noses.

"If you're determined to go through with this, let's get it on. But first, I want you to ask yourself this question: Why would a smart dog walk right into the middle of a bunch of coyotes? If you figger it out, you'll know the secret."

Nobody moved. There wasn't a sound, not a whisper. I was in the process of checking out the escape routes when an old woman coyote (Scraunch's mother) broke the circle and came out to him. She whispered something in his ear.

"No!" he growled. "Scraunch not scared, kill chicken dog!"

The old lady went to whispering again, then old Chief Gut limped over and joined the conference. They growled and snapped and snarled — typical coyote family discussion, I would imagine.

"All right," I yelled, "time's up. Have you figgered out the secret or shall we start spilling blood?"

The old lady led Scraunch away. He glared daggers at me over his shoulder. Old Chief Gut came over and stood in front of me.

"Not fight today."

"Rats," I said, and almost fainted with relief. "All right, if that's the way you want it. We'll let it slide this time but I'm warning you, don't ever let this happen again."

"Not happen again."

"Very good. Now, if you coyotes will just stay where you are, I'll slip out of here and get on my way."

"Hunk not understand."

Missy came over.

"Hunk stay, become coyote warrior, prove himself many fight and marry Missy Coyote."

"HUH?"

"Make warrior? Well, I...I've always wanted...but I really have to..."

I tried to ease around the three coyotes who were blocking my path. When I moved, they moved. They didn't intend to let me out of there, is the way it looked.

Will Hank escape the outlaw coyotes and return to the ranch to clear his name? Find out in Hank the Cowdog #1: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog.(copyright ? John R. Erickson)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2002

    Funny,Intresting, and a whole lot of fun!

    Funny,intresting,and a whole lot of fun.Mix these together with a pair of ears and a tail,and what you get?Hank!I like Drover's raspy voice,the background sounds and the old western music.The two songs are funny,and I love the suspense.For example: When Hank and Drover see the leftovers of a chicken murder Hank jumps at a ''coon'' to fall face down on a suprise.And in the end Hank jumps on another suprise.By the way,the suprises are not the animals Hank thinks they are,but other animals.I won't spoil your fun by telling you which animals they are though.I reccomend this book to dog,western and superhero lovers

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Great and FUNNY

    I live on a ranch with 2 dogs,1 cat, horses, cows, coyotes, and chickens. This book illustrates perfectly the life of a dog on a ranch! I laughed soo hard about the mix-up of the "coon"! The part with Hank chasing the cat, Pete, is funny. Especially when they run through the corral where some horse traing is taking place. I can sympathize..... totally! This is also a great book for those who want to know more about ranch life. I give this book five stars for humor, originality, and lessons. Take it from an 11 year old in the middle of no-where in Montana! ;)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    The first adnventures of hank the cowdog!

    Hank the cowdog is a amazing book that kids will just love to read.There are many books to the series.When i first picked up this book i just it was some little kid story but i started reading and now I love it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Best book ever

    I am in 5th grade and my teacher read this in class as read aloud book. Everyone in the class loved it! Sh e would stop readin every chapter we couldn't wait for the next chapter in was funny and the again serious. Our favorite part was when hank and drover hitch a ride into town and then pee on a mean dog named bruno the boxer's truck tires. The book is totaly worth your money. Well bye bye hope i helped

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Love Hank

    I read this when I was little but now I,m 10 and still love them! It,s sure to make you laugh and Hank is so easy to fall in love with! You should get it! LOVE It

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Loved it

    This is the seires that got me into reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    I love it as much as my kids do! We just can't get enough of Han

    I love it as much as my kids do! We just can't get enough of Hank and Drover!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Yeah

    My teacher read this to us in 2nd grade it was really funny!totally reccomend. I just dont give it 5 stars because it was not my favorite book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    Awesome!

    I loved it! Its great! I love Drover, Pete, Hank, and i some how like Rip the coyote. Why? Don't ask! It sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Awesome!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Hank is the best dog ever

    Hank is mad cool. Especially when he took on the whole coyote village. He fought Scraubch and whupped em good.I thought Hank would stayn as a cou=yotes. Hank was about about to hit Drover then turned and hit rip and snort by surprise. Boy did i love this book. Hee Hee Ho Ho Ha Ha.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Hank the Cowdog

    I liked this book very much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Hank the cowdog

    A great read! Laugh-a-minute fun, with colorfull and lovable characters. Even if you don't like dogs, you'll love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Fun reading!

    Great for young readers!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Good

    Good book you should read it read it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Hello kitty

    It was awesome great funny:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Great series!

    A great book for all of the family. My son has enjoyed all of the series that he has read so far, and we have bought copies for several of his friends' birthdays. There's even a "Hank" club that my son has joined. This series is a good addition to my kids' book shelves.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    Hank is the best!

    The Original Adventures is exciting and funny too! It is in first person so Hank actually tells the story. He is brave and doesn't run away like his partner Drover. I am looking forward to #2 arriving at my door soon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    My Husband Laughs As Much As The Kids

    This is one book on tape that will stay in the car, not on the shelf. The author's timing and voice range make the tapes even more funny than the books, which are hilarious, anyway. It took me a tape or two to get into the Hank groove, but it was impossible not to when my husband was laughing as much as the kids. I highly recommend Hank, Drover and Company to pass those long vacation drives, for Dad, Mom and Kids!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    This book makes reading FUN!!!!

    This is the best book I have ever read. Hank is a great character to read about and I can't wait to read more Hank books. Great for boys and girls.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    It was so good, it kept me from falling asleep at night!

    I would recommend this book because it twisted and turned a lot. You think something will happen a certain way, and then to your surprise something different happens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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