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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

Here's the book that started it all! Hank the Cowdog is Head of Ranch Security. With cowdog smarts and a hero's heart, Hank defends the ranch along with his faithful deputy, Drover. In the first episode of the series, Hank is accused of murder. In a fit of despair, he resigns his position and joins a gang of ruthless coyotes. Has handsome, fearless Hank the Cowdog turned from crime fighter to criminal?…

Overall Book Review:

Hank the Cowdog has been a beloved favorite of children and parents for years, and this novel was the first in a set that has stretched into over 70 books. Hank is a lovable dog whose dedication to his job as watchdog at the farm is surpassed only by his wisdom about…well, if you ask him, everything. He and his eager sidekick, Drover, gallivant about the farm getting into hilarious adventures and riotous fun. This book is literally laugh-out-loud funny. Reading it out loud, I had to stop and catch my breath before continuing several times.

The characters in this book are endearing. Even the villains are enjoyable and entertaining. All of the book’s major characters are animals, and the author’s take on how those animals see themselves and converse with one another gives charm to the book.  Hank the Cowdog is the sort of book that inspires children to want to read or to be read to. But beware because if you pick up this book to read to a child, you may just find yourself talking in a country cowdog drawl as you narrate.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 1 mild obscenity. 

Violence/Gore:  A few verbal threats; animal remains are discovered a few times, and a character carries around the animal remains for a while; report of a fight between animals; a character fires a gun at animals with no or only minor injury a few times; a few fights between animals with no major injury; a man has to extract porcupine quills from an animal, which is a painful process (but not gory); an animal bites another; a fight between animals with some blood described.

Sex/Nudity Rating:  A dog thinks about how pretty the dog next door is; animals talk a few times about the possibility of getting married; a character jokes about being chased by beautiful women.

Mature Subject Matter:

One type of animal speaks and acts in ways that are stereotypical of Native Americans, and some of those stereotypes are negative.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Animal characters become intoxicated by eating silage.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
2
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
1
10

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About the Reviewer

My taste in literature leans heavily towards sci-fi, fantasy, and (my favorite) horror, and the latter can present some fairly murky waters for parents to let their children explore. I enjoy novels of both the standard and graphic varieties. Since those genres, and graphic novels in particular, tend to appeal to boys, I hope that I can help other Boy Mommies in their quest to find books that their little video gamers--I mean, future bibliophiles will read and enjoy. When I am not reading, I enjoy tabletop role-playing games, video games, and singing karaoke. I have a wonderful husband who lets me indulge my reading habit by sharing the housework and being a great dad to our genius kids and their faithful hound.