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The Case of the Booby-Trapped Pickup #49 (Hank the Cowdog) Paperback – February 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hank the Cowdog (Book 49)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142407550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142407554
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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The best family entertainment in years. (USA Today)

About the Author

John R. Erickson and Gerald L. Holmes both live in Perryton, Texas.

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Would recommend to all kids!
Cheryl l Larsen
These books are hilarious and more important to the young reader, fun to read.
A. D. Cox
They really enjoy reading "Hank the Cow Dog" books.
Dana Gonzalez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill S. on May 7, 2007
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This Hank story is standard Hank fare, with a slight retread of previous scrapes, but still enjoyable. The antics of the humans are as funny as ever, with Loper and Slim sparring and blowing up ranch equipment and so forth. The story line doesn't move as far or as fast as several other Hank books, but it is still a pleasant outing with the Hank crew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on December 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love all the Hank books, and this is a great one for the Christmas season. These books are hilarious and more important to the young reader, fun to read. I'd also check the rest of the series.

Author of "Hobo Finds A Home" editor "Of A Predatory Heart"
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Format: Library Binding
Loper, the owner of the ranch and Slim, the one and only hired hand cowboy sort of push the old truck to the limit and it must be taken to the garage for major repairs. A new truck, a loaner is provided and Hanks's problems begin. I know just how Hank felt. Each time we purchase a new car there are a new array of buttons and switches and it takes me weeks to figure out everything they do.

Hank gets into real problems with this new truck and many, per usual, laugh out loud moments are provided. Again, for me, the conversations between Hank and Drover, his assistant head of security, are the highlight of the book although I must admit that the conversations between Loper and Slim are equally as funny. The dogs and the cowboys are working at about the same level - truth be told.

As with the other books in this series, the word play the author uses is quite inventive and I still do not know how he keeps thinking of different hilarious situations he places Hank in.

This book, indeed, this series is not just for the young and is as enjoyable for older people as well as the little ones. These Hank books are wonderful family reads.

This was a library find.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dana Gonzalez on October 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I ordered the book for my sons ages 13,12, and 10. They really enjoy reading "Hank the Cow Dog" books. We highly recommend them all!!
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By grandmajo on March 15, 2007
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According to the grandchildren 10 & 13 the characters are delightful and draws you into picturing the situation in your mind. Thank goodness the author who is also the narrator is terrific and is in full stride for enjoyable listening. The tones and inflections easily identify the characters. I purchased a sequence of books that was read by somebody other than the author and then this particular author decided to be her own narrator and believe you me it sure destroyed the stories. Stay with what works.
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More About the Author

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."

The road to stardom for Hank, however, wasn't all dog biscuits and gravy. Erickson graduated from the University of Texas in 1966 and studied for two years at Harvard Divinity School. He began to publish short stories in 1967 while working full-time as a cowboy, farmhand, and ranch manager in Texas and Oklahoma. Hank and his sidekick Drover are dogs Erickson worked with on the range. This mixture of true-life experience, fun, and adventure has gained Hank a loyal following of thousands of children and adults.

In 1982, however, Erickson was at his rope's end. "I was working out in the cold; there was 8 inches of snow on the ground," he says, "I had just gotten a couple of rejection slips from New York publishers, and I had a wife with two kids and another one on the way." So, with $2,000 in borrowed money, Erickson started his own publishing company, appropriately named Maverick Books.

Hank the Cowdog made his debut in the pages of The Cattleman, a magazine for adults. An obvious favorite of readers, Erickson included two of Hank's humorous stories in Maverick Book's first publishing effort, The Devil in Texas (1982). Erickson began selling books from his pickup truck at cattle auctions, rodeos, and just about any place cowboys gathered.

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. Not long after that first printing, the book was recorded word-for-word on audiotape. Since then, every Hank book has been recorded, making Hank the longest-running successful children's series on audio, ever. (Source: Billboard)

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. When used with the books, Hank tapes increase reading skills rapidly. And, in response to popular demand from the growing bilingual market, the first two Hank the Cowdog adventures are available in Spanish.

Although the Hank books began as a regional phenomenon, CBS Television heard about them and brought out a thirty-minute cartoon of the first book. It aired in May 1985 as part of a series called "CBS Storybreak."

Erickson has also written several books for young adults, the "Riley McDaniels Series". The first book of the series, "Moonshiner's Gold", won the 2003-2004 Lamplighter Award. The second book in the series, "Discovery at Flint Springs," was a finalist for the Lamplighter Award the following year. He has also written several books about cowboying based on his own experiences.

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."

For more information about John R. Erickson and the Hank the Cowdog books, please visit www.hankthecowdog.com.

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