Friday, August 28, 2009

Hank the Cow Dog-Maverick Books

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Hank the Cow Dog 

 I had never heard of Hank the Cow Dog. Have you? Hank the Cow Dog is a chapter book series, that revolves around a talking dog...."Hank the Cow Dog". He is a smelly, smart aleck Head of Ranch Security, as lovingly described by author, John R. Erickson.  And he brings  very interesting, funny and engaging stories about life on a ranch, where trouble never seems to be too far away!

I am going to be honest, I had mixed feelings about this book series. I had never heard of this series before, so I was eagerly awaiting the arrival.

Here is what we were sent:

The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse


Tornado game,

and a CD of excerpts from books, both stories and songs called:

Tales and Tunes from Hank the CowDog,


I was hoping to use this series as something that would get my dyslexic son interested in books. It is very difficult to find books that are interesting and at his reading level.

My only concern with this book is that they have name calling laced throughout the story, with things such as stupid, etc....which is something we try not to encourage around our house!

When listening to the CD in the car, I must admit, we were howling. Howling with laughter!!!  It was really quite humorous. It is cheesy slapstick fun, and you know what? My kids LOVED it!!

So I decided to lighten up a little. It was just fun! We still quote it, and we haven't  listened to it for a good couple of weeks.

We all enjoyed playing the Tornado game. It is very similar to Trouble or Sorry, only it uses the characters from the stories. Also, it is a travel game. It folds, with all the pieces kept inside. This is going to be perfect during the school year. My children can bring this along with us, when we have wait times while we are out.

Take some time to visit "Hank's Ranch" Hank's official website. You will find books, games, t-shirts and other nifty items. You can purchase a paperback for $4.24 and for $19.99 you will get a paperback and an audio CD. And they have several other combinations available, for each of the Hank Stories.

See why Hank the CowDog has become one of the most popular books checked out in Children's Libraries across the country!!



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