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

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


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ISBN-13: 9781591881018
Publisher: Maverick Books TX
Publication date: 10/15/2011
Series: Hank the Cowdog Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 21,981
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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."


"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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The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (Hank the Cowdog Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the seires that got me into reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it as much as my kids do! We just can't get enough of Hank and Drover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read! Laugh-a-minute fun, with colorfull and lovable characters. Even if you don't like dogs, you'll love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for young readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book you should read it read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awesome great funny:)
AdamG More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We have always had to battle with my 10 year old to get him to read. We purchased books about every subject a 10 year old boy would be interested in but nothing hooked him...until Hank! He loved this book,he did not want to put it down and can't wait to recieve copies of the next issues! Thanks Hank!
Anonymous 5 months ago
It was great my dad siad " you willnlike this" and i did
DixieDarlin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am an adult and STILL love this series! I have every book so far. This particular book "The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog" is one of the best in the series. Hank is an ranch dog who tries his hardest to protect "his ranch" from evil things that go bump in the night (and sometimes the day!). He usually screws up and gets yelled at, so THIS time he decides to....join the wild coyotes. He is accepted but first he must help in a secret plan to invade the ranch that he used to call home. Hank must make a free with the coyotes or protect the ones he was so loyal to? Very very good series, and it's funny too! All the books even have CD's so you can listen to them while driving in the car or whatever. And for music lovers, there's at least 3-5 songs per book.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes a dog's perspective of life on a ranch in a (I presume west) Texas town. Hank sees himself as the "Head of Ranch Security" and takes care of business as much as a dog can, including attempting to solve crimes on the ranch. This story uses humour to guide children through an animal's perspective of what might otherwise seem like a very mundane life. Sometimes the humour is a little juvenile and doesn't really read as hilarious as an adult as it did when I was a kid (dogs peeing on tires, for example), and occasionally it verges into a predictable stereotype. However, it takes the traditional western genre and makes it palatable for children in a way that most authors have not ever tried, and the bumbling efforts of the characters, mixed with their own brand of street smarts, serves as a nice satire of a much misunderstood subset of Texas culture. I also appreciated that Erickson preserves authentic dialectal lexicalisms but does not write the entire book in a style that presents a corny pronunciation on behalf of any of the characters. Contrary to the perception that southerners are backwards, this book will also introduce some new vocabulary to young readers; I can remember my third grade teacher explaining what gunny sacks and mutton were, among other things, and this is a nice book to share with children or students to guide them in the development of their reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS OF COURSE WORTH $5 OR MORE. ONE OF MY favorite stories is where hank and drover GET CAUGHT IN A TORnado. SOOOOOOOOOOOO FUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ThE BeST BOOK EXCEPT FOR THE BIBLE is this!!!!!!