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John R. Erickson

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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 Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and is the winner of the 1993 Audie for Outstanding Children's Series from the Audio Publisher's Association. Publishers Weekly calls Hank a "grassroots publishing phenomena," and USA Today says this is "the best family entertainment in years."

Hank the Cowdog made his debut in the pages of The Cattleman,
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"Finding Hank" Book-Signing Tour!

 

Howdy, Hank fans! 

We hope you're as excited as we are about the upcoming release of Finding Hank!! It's such a fun behind-the-scenes look at the Hank series!

And, if you live in any of these towns, be sure to stop by and get an autographed copy. It makes a GREAT Christmas gift for the Hank reader in your life! 

 

 

Upcoming Book Tour:

 

San Angelo, TX  Friday Nov 8th

Eggemeyer General Store  1 - 3 pm

Cactus Books  2:30 - 5 pm  

 

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“Don’t take anything for granite. That’s what tombstones are made of.”
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“My parents placed a high value on reading, starting with the King James Bible, and one whole wall of our living room was filled, floor to ceiling, with books. But I was an outside kid and didn’t have the patience to be a reader. That changed, briefly, when I discovered Tom Sawyer in the fourth grade. That was the one book I truly loved. I read it several times, then read Huckleberry Finn. I was fascinated by the way Twain played with language and used regional dialects. But what amazed me most was that Twain allowed the reader to laugh. Reading didn’t have to be drudgery. Twain didn’t allow it.”
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“He had a good heart, he wanted to help with the cattle work, he thought he was Head of Ranch Security, but he wasn’t very smart and never understood why the cowboys were mad at him all the time.” (regarding the original Hank the Cowdog)”
John R. Erickson

“Hank is a dog, not a human dressed up in a dog suit. Humans share some of his flaws, but I get my ideas from watching dogs.”
John R. Erickson

“Write about something you know. Try to leave your readers better off than they were before.”
John R. Erickson

“Buzzards don’t make good friends. They always have an interior motive.”
John R. Erickson, Hank the Cowdog




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