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Book Title: Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business|
The author of the book: John R. Erickson
Date of issue: August 1st 1998
ISBN 13: 9780141303901
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Erickson, John. Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business. New York: Penguin Group, 1990.
Genre - Fiction - Talking Dogs
This book is about two dogs, Hank, which is the dong in charge of the ranch, and Drover, which is his lazy, half-witted sidekick. The text itself is very amusing. There are tons of word plays on every page that leave the reader thinking about what was really just said. For example when they're getting ready to chase rabbits, the other says "oh rats!" as in he's complaining, and the other corrects "not rats, rabbits." Throughout the book there are even more less obvious ones and even some that can be kind of twisted. My favorite is when Drover is told to move to the left, he moves right, and Hank says no, he moved the wrong way, move left, right is wrong. The story is about these dogs who seem to be very intelligent and rational but in reality have the intelligence of a normal dumb dog. Which to a child could be very amusing.
The book is more focused on being amusing more than anything. However there are a lot of word plays that can help children learn the abnormalities of language. The book also leaves room for an adult reader to be very interactive with children listening. For example, everything that the two dogs have to figure out the kids could guess what they must do before reading what they actually did.
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Read information about the authorJohn 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, a magazine for adults, and when Erickson started getting "Dear Hank" letters, he knew he was onto something. So in 1983, he self-published 2,000 copies of The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, and they sold out in 6 weeks.
When teachers began inviting Erickson to their schools, Hank found his most eager fans. Teachers, librarians, and students alike love Hank. According to some Texas Library Association surveys, the Hank the Cowdog books are the most popular selections in many libraries' children's sections. The lively characters make excellent material for reading and writing lessons, and turn even the most reluctant readers into avid Hank-fans.
Erickson was born in Midland, Texas, but by the age of 3, he had moved with his family to Perryton, Texas, where he and his wife live today on their working cattle ranch. They have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. His advice to young writers is, "Write about something you know. Try to leave your readers better off than they were before."
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