What's my favorite audiobook series? No doubt about it. Hank the Cowdog.
Who, you ask, is Hank the Cowdog?
You ain't from Texas, is ya?
If this were a perfect world, Hank the Cowdog would be up there with Harry Potter in sales. Hank the Cowdog has adventure. Hank the Cowdog has action. Hank the Cowdog has drama. Hank the Cowdog has humor. Hank the Cowdog even has a bit of romance. Hank the Cowdog has everything a good book needs.
Hank the Cowdog author John R. Erickson at the Texas Book Festival.
We first ran across Hank the Cowdog when my older son won a writing contest in elementary school. The winner got to meet the author of Hank the Cowdog, John R. Erickson, and got to hear Erickson read from his latest book. Forever after this event, my husband, two sons, and I always dragged along several Hank the Cowdog audiobooks on every vacation. I've seen John R. Erickson at many, many book events over the years, including the Texas Library Association Conference and the Texas Book Festival. Erickson not only writes the book, but he writes the songs and does all the voices for the characters in the audiobook and publishes the books and audiobooks. Erickson is a one-man wonder.
John R. Erickson at 2012 TLA
What's the story? Hank is the Head of Ranch Security on a cattle ranch in far west Texas. He has a sidekick, Drover, who often resorts to opting out of Hank's more dangerous endeavors because of a bad leg. Hank's nemeses are the ranch owner's wife, Sally May, who Hank always seems to cross, and the ranch cat, Pete the Barncat. Hank dreams of the beautiful collie, Beulah. There are also Rip and Snort, the coyote brothers, and Wallace and Junior, the buzzards, and Slim Chance, the hired man on the ranch, and High Loper, Sally May's husband, and lots of other wonderful characters on the ranch.
Hank the Cowdog author at TLA 2015.
Here are my ten most favorite Hank the Cowdog audiobooks.
If you only have time for one, don't miss #8, The Case of the One-eyed Killer Stud Horse.
Here are excerpts from each of Hank's audiobooks.
There's a website for kids, parents, and teachers where kids can join Hank's Security Force.
There's a Facebook page.
Here's an interview with John R. Erickson:
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My Hank the Cowdog books were 20 year old Permabound copies that smelled really, really bad. I think it was the dialect that finally pushed me over the edge to get rid of them. My reluctant readers were the ones who picked them up, and they had a lot of trouble with it. I'm glad that he still has an audience in his native state, though!ReplyDelete
Oh golly, we love him here.Delete
Never heard of this, but it sounds really cute. Thanks for sharing. :)ReplyDelete
Here's my TTT
Okay, okay, I might have to give this series a try!ReplyDelete
All new to me. But now I´ve listened to the interview and an excerpt from the first book. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I can't say I know Hank the Cowdog but now I'm curious! The characters sound like a lot of fun.ReplyDelete
I haven't heard of this series, but it sounds like great fun. I'll have to look into it.ReplyDelete
Hank The Cowdog! Love it! We could not keep those books on the shelf at the library. So, so popular. I've been to Perryton, TX. Think I might have some relatives there. Not surprising. Think I might have relatives all over the Panhandle. And I love that you shared the Texas Country Reporter piece. Such a nice pick!!ReplyDelete
Glad to hear from another Hank fan, Kay!Delete
Oh wow thank you. These are fantastic.ReplyDelete
I have never heard of thisReplyDelete
My sister sent my kids the first four books a few years ago. I really liked them, but the whole unreliable narrator thing was a bit confusing for my kids as they were learning English. Maybe it's time to revisit Hank and enjoy the humor!ReplyDelete
We do a lot of children's audio books (Geronimo Stilton and The Boxcar Children are the favorites right now) but I don't think we've listened to Hank the Cowdog. We've got a trip coming up and they sound perfect! I'll have to pick up a few from the library.ReplyDelete
Hank!!! <3 <3 <3 My boys are teen now, but we still quote him around here.ReplyDelete
Yay! My sons are grown but we do the same.Delete
I remembered watching a cartoon of this series when I was little. I need to check these books out! Here’s my TTT!ReplyDelete