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

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,888 ratings  ·  281 reviews
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
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Published June 1st 1983 by Maverick Books (first published 1980)
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So the Hank the Cowdog series is one I was vaguely familiar with—it seems to be a favorite among homeschooling parents who want their sons to be Reading Like Crazy Quick Where’s That Really Long Series About The Dog??—but one that I’d never actually read.

Let it never be said that I shirk my professional development responsibilities, though!

Bring it on, Hank the Cowdog #1: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog!

Okay, right off the bat, I’m in love with Hank. He can’t spell for shit (“We had
I know you'll never believe me, but there are some of the most hilarious books for kids out there. But you have to get them on tape or cd.... the author reads them and does the best voices and makes it even better. I mean like way way better. The best is if you have or have ever owned a dog. Because it's all about this dog who does all the normal dumb dog stuff but takes it incredibly seriously. Considers himself the head of ranch security and the world might end if he doesn't bark at the mailma ...more
KJ Shadows
I had to add these books because I remember them so fondly back in my childhood. Guaranteed I'd probably laugh if I went back and read these. It sounds silly but these books inspired me to learn to write and read lots of books at a VERY early age. I read much younger because my best friend was reading these books. I remember in class we use to get our moms to buy different ones and we'd switch. I read all of them which was a huge feat, I think it went up to like a 100? No Joke.

I remember I want
Now.. Now...Hank the Cowdog is supposedly written for children, but it just don't seem that way to me.
Course, now, I'm not the sharpest light bulb on the block, but the subtle humor therein seems a little lofty for the average 6 year old. Course I find some of it above my 60 year old noggin.

Okay laugh if you want to. But when the chips are down, you just spent your last dime on toilet paper, your wife just put your bedroll in the doghouse, ya ain't seen a rain cloud since the Yorktown armistice
Nov 28, 2007 Vijay rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, adults w/ child-like senses of humor
Having read this book and each one that follows in the series, I consider myself an aficionado of Hank's adventures. Hank is a lovable--if somewhat dim-bulbed-- protagonist who captures the heart of the reader and has you rooting for him as he goes head to head with the Pete the barncat, the turkey buzzards, the resident coyotes, and the bumbling ineptitude of his sidekick, Drover. Maybe I'm biased coming from a rural background, but these books are great!
I don't get what all the fuss is about: either the folks who are completely opposed to lowly Hank or those rabid fans of his....

These books are funny, but much of the tongue-in-cheek humor no doubt goes over a 9 year old's head (which seems to be roughly the target audience judging from reading level). I found the "voice" in the book (including the dead pan humor) to be DEAD ON with an old Texan looking back on his adventures. If you need corroboration of that, I'll let you read my Texan uncle'
Morgan Stout
Hank the Cowdog books are a tradition in my family. My grandma was a 2nd grade teacher ( she's retired now), and I believe she is the one that got my brother and I started on the series. They are all great books! Some of my favorites from my childhood. They are entertaining, funny, and easy to read.
Michelle Isenhoff
Hank is an Australian shepherd employed on an American ranch. Being “Head of Ranch Security,” as he proudly informs us, “requires a keen mind, a thick skin, and a peculiar devotion to duty. I mean, you put in sixteen-eighteen hours a day. You’re on call day and night. Your life is on the line every time you go out on patrol. You’re doing jobs that nobody else wants to do because of the danger.”

The Adventures of Hank the Cowdog is a collection of the scrapes he gets into as Head of Ranch Security
Apr 17, 2008 jOsEpHiNe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Younger readers, Young Adult readers just for enjoyment
This review is for the series. The very LONG LONG LONG series, at that. But the great thing these books is that you don't have to read the whole series to actually understand one if you pick it up.

I like these, especially just for humor and light-heartedness. They might be more serious for younger readers, but personally I listened to them (on audio book. the narrator's great because they were fun. And if you do read one or two of the books, they're probably easy reading for you (especially if
This is difficult to rate. My son loved it and it is a good book for reluctant readers. It is about a dog called Hank who is head of security on a ranch and has an ego big enough for the job.

The reason it is hard to rate is because, even though it is basically a cute book, there were a couple things I did not like. The first was when Hank and the other dog, Drover, bullied a chained-up Boxer. It was unnecessary to the storyline and did not come to a satisfying conclusion. This sort of bullying
Jacqueline Wright
This review is for the entire Hank the Cowdog series. These books were my childhood! Wonderful and lovable characters who have such unique personalities with a (so far) endless supply of entertaining plots. Ranging from utterly comedic (humor in EVERY book, while sometimes it's the main theme) to frustratingly touching (Oooh, right in the feels!!). Minus one star simply for all the thankless torment my dear Hank has had to go through (which I suffered vicariously). Honestly a terrific book serie ...more
I think this is one of those series that was funnier when I was a kid. I thought I'd go through the audiobooks just for fun and posterity, and I realized a few things I almost wish I didn't...

This book is full of awful western stereotypes, and Hank is kind of an asshole...

Plus, "I'm just a worthless coyote" ? Really? ... awful.

I like the sound effects and music present in the audiobooks though. It really made it kind of fun to listen to. I would recommend the audiobooks before the actual books t
The Good: The writing style is fun, the humor is great, the dog's-eye perspective is amusing, the story is an underdog tale, and the book has an overall feel of a well-made old-school Saturday morning series. What's not to like?

The Bad: While the book was good, it may be too edgy for some kids and/or their discerning parents.

Content Concerns:

Sex: A reference to a dog and coyote having puppies together. 4/5
Nudity: None. 5/5
Language: Euphemisms like "derned" and "shucks" pop up a total of te
Hank is the Head of Ranch Security and is very proud of himself and his position. He is trying to train the new ranch dog Drover on how to be a great ranch dog. With a mysterious murder on hand, Hank does his best to track down the criminals at fault. After Hank has been accused of murdering a chicken on the ranch, he resigns his position on the farm and joins a gang of coyotes. There he meets the beautiful Missy Coyote and her scoundrel brother, Scraunch. When the coyotes threaten the ranch and ...more
Skylar Burris
These books are great to listen to on CD on a long road trip, because they are amusing for the whole family. We listened to several one summer when we had a "no iPad or DVD" rule for a particular vacation. I thought it was going to be a torturous trip with whining from the kids, but they were pretty content to listen to these.
Lindsey Reyes
Hank the Cowdog
head of ranch security.
This cowdog is a child and adult favorite. The ways this dog views his "job" and the events that take place is too funny. Hank and Grover have many exciting and entertaining mysteries. This book is fun and makes me (as an adult) laugh. Definitely perfect for chapter read alouds.
This is the first of the Hank books. Kids 8-12 are probably the target audience but there is a level of humor that adults love. I didn't list all of the books written by Erickson but I've read them all laughing and grinning at all of Hank's adventures
This was really fun. However, after you have read about 5 ot 6 in the series you have read them all. They were very predictable but funny and kids love it. Because of the predictability I lost interest.
The chapter about the Boxer was so hilarious. Especially since I had a Boxer at the time I read it. My students love these books too. I have quite a few, and most of them are checked out at any one time.
So many good ones in this series. Growing up in Texas, this series filled my evenings and school hours with great adventures. Hank and Grover should have a home in any school library.
Jun 27, 2013 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria King
I read this book and found it very funny. A full review can be found on my blog: www.therealworldaccordingtosam.blogsp...

Thanks for reading!
Okay, my grandson and I are huge fans of Hank the Cowdog! We have read 25 books that give an account of this lovable "Head of Ranch Security" pooch. We will be starting on the #24th of the series this week. I asked my grandson, once we finish the one we have does he want to switch to something else, was he getting bored with Hank and he said, absolutely not, "Hank is funny!" So looks like as long as Mr. Erickson will share the many hilarious adventures of our favorite cowdog, we will happily con ...more
The entire series is awesome. Truly sets you in the mind of a dog. One of the most hilarious series out there. :)
Massanutten Regional Library
Angelica, Village patron, July 2015, 5 stars:

I read this book with the boy I babysit and must say it is a splendid read. Containing something for every reader, you cannot put the book down, and if you do, you will surely yearn to return to it quickly. This book has suspense, drama, mystery, action, adventure, romance, and horror. You name it and it probably has it. Not to mention that it is part of a series similar to Harvey Boys or Nancy Drew with the exception that its main characters are dogs
Apr 19, 2014 Seth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Seth by: Shannon Bower
We listened to this as a family recently across a couple of short road trips. Hilarious!
Re-reading another book from my childhood because, even though I read 10 or 15 of the Hank the Cowdog books as a kid, I don't remember much about them.

I think I enjoyed the book more this time around. There was quite a bit of humor that went over my head when I was a kid. Hank himself is also much more amusing. His arrogance and rudeness annoyed me when I was younger, but now I just find it funny. My favorite thing is how seriously Hank takes himself and his job. I hate to break it to you, Hank,
A humorous tale of a bossy and slow-witted cowdog and his blundering misadventures. The cowdog, Hank, is the self-styled “Head of Ranch Security” and his friend is the flaky Pete (another dog). Throughout the story, Hank’s defining characteristics are his bone-headedness and his tenacity, and the story deals with his self-education (regarding both himself and the many aspects of “ranch security”). At one point, he is forced to give up his position and falls in love with a coyote (whose family su ...more
Rosa Cline
This was a series I remember my grown daughter enjoying when she was pre teens so I thought my autistic teenage son and I would enjoy reading them. NOT! Got about 3/4 of the way through and just decided to stop, he was loosing interest and it didn't really seem to go anywhere but in circles. I could see where it 'could' be a good series so I am going to attempt to read the next book just so I give it a good chance. But Hank the main character uses a little to much 'name calling' and 'negativity' ...more
Avery Devenport
That was the best chapter book I ever read! Loved it!
I enjoy this book and the series that it is a part of. The series and the book follow a basic plot structure which involves Hank acting as the self appointed chief guard dog of his farm in Texas. Hank gets into trouble Hank will either run away from home or he will try to solve the problems that plague his farm in his own flawed manner.
The humor is the strong point of the story often providing the more interesting moments in the story with very little drama or tension in the books themselves. Th
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John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller's knack for spinning a yarn. Through the eyes of Hank the Cowdog, a smelly, smart-aleck Head of Ranch Security, Erickson gives readers a glimpse of daily life on a ranch in the West Texas Panhandle. This series of books and tapes is in school libraries across the country, has sold more than 7.6 million copies, is a B ...more
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