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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141303816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141303819
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Perfume Flunks Out, but All Is Not Lost From Hank the Cowdog #5: Faded Love Hank is out to win the heart of his one true love,Miss Beulah the Collie. On the way to her ranch, he meets Rip and Snort who convince him that the smell of dead skunk is an ancient coyote love potion. Thoroughly covered with this unusual perfume, Hank approaches Beulah and decides to open his heart.

I turned to the lady of my dreams. "Hi, Beulah."

"Hello, Hank." Our eyes met and I knew that the old magic was still there. And in that honey-smooth voice of hers, Beulah said, "Do you smell something?"

Heh, heh. I had her now. She would be putty in my hands.

"Yes, Beulah, and I can reveal its source. What you smell is an exotic love potion, known only to the wild coyote tribes and passed down from generation to generation since the dawn of time. Risking death and fates too horrible to mention in polite company, I stole the secret formula from a band of savage coyotes -- and Beulah, I did it just for you."

"Oh, Hank, you," she moved upwind, "you shouldn't have done that. Why, you might have been. . ."

"Killed? Maimed?" I moved upwind. "Dear lady, to die in your service would be an honor of which I am unworthy."

She scooted around upwind. Guess she was afraid of being overwhelmed.

"But honestly, Hank, fighting coyotes! They're very. . ."

"Dangerous? Deadly? Ferocious? Yes, my lady, all of those things." I slipped around upwind. "But with the memory of your lovely face etched on my heart, my only fear of death is that I might not see you again."

"Oh, Hank, you do carry on, don't you?"

She moved upwind.

"As you very well know, my years of combat and detective work have given me the outward appearance of steel, but beneath that shell of armor lie the gentler emotions known to ordinary dogs."

She got up and moved upwind.

"Hank, are you feeling all right? You don't have a fever, do you?"

"Yes, I have a fever, Lady Fair, and I admit it without shame." I moved upwind. I had to give that perfume a chance to do its stuff. "It's a fever of the heart, and some people would describe it as LOVE!"

"Oh my, how. . .nice. But Hank, I must admit something to you." She got up and moved.

"I know what you're going to say, my petunia. How many tortured nights have I spent dreaming of the time you would say those words to me? Ach, there's no pain to compare with the ache of unblemished love!"

She moved upwind.

"Hank, I don't know how to say this."

"Yes, my tulip, I have the same problem." I moved. "We spend so little time speaking the language of the heart that we find it hard to say those three simple words. Am I right, my perfect rose, three simple words?"

"Yes, Hank, three simple words, but. . ."

She moved.

I moved.

"Just say them, Beulah, out with them and we'll go plunging into the unknown!"

"All right, Hank, here goes. . ."

What three words will Beulah say? Will it be cowdog bliss for Hank or will he be left with nothing but a pawful of memories? Find out in Hank the Cowdog #5: Faded Love (Copyright ? John R. Erickson).


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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I applaud Mr Erickson for bring the mind of a dog to light in such a wonderful way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I love the Hank the Cowdog series books, especially Faded Love, because it's hilarious and cute. My classmates read each character like a play. Each person in our class used how they acted and how they sounded when they read their character. It was very funny and I loved it a lot.
Pete the Barncat is Hank's hated cat. Pete went to the ranch to talk to him that he could be the ranch security. Pete is always thinking that he is always better and that Hank is the worst Cowdog all the time. Hank can't wait to fight him, because Pete always drives Hank crazy. Hank WAS going to fight with him, but he just leaves him alone because he thinks fighting with a barncat is stupid. So Hank quit the ranch security job. On that day, he and Drover go see his sweetheart, Beulah. Drover is his best partner. Drover loves Beulah, too! But they don't know that Beulah is just cheating on Hank, and she goes out with Plato, the spotted bird dog. But when he is on his way to see Beulah, he sees this female Beagle, Miss Scamper, another sweetheart that he loves. Miss Scamper was inviting Hank and Drover to look at the sunset. Drover wants to ask Hank if he can go to see the sunset with his sweetheart, but Hank said no, because Hank doesn't want to get bothered by that noisy Drover. But Hank got kicked out by the owner in the back of the truck. Then they went to see his first sweetheart, Miss Beautiful Beulah. When they went over to her place, they see that she was smooching with her HONEY! Plato! Hank and Drover got so jealous, so they just went to see Miss Sweetheart Sexy Scamper. Then they come back to their own job. But Hank still hates Pete because PETE still thinks that he is super smart and Hank just super stupid.
I love this book, because it's funnier than the other Hank the Cowdog books, and it's more interesting than the other Hank the Cowdog books. Thank you for understanding my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on December 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brandy Sanderson on December 2, 2007
Format: Audio Cassette
As usual Hank continues to impress with his down to earth humor & "wisdom".
Great for the whole family.
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FADED LOVE was plenty of fun with some excitement and danger thrown in. Hank is trying to interview the head rooster about a strange noise heard in the night when Drover reports something more important. It's Little Alfred's second birthday. He and Hank have fun while Sally May is looking for the camera. Sally May's opinion of their good time is such that Hank decides to quit the security business. He convinces Drover to go with him. Pete the barn cat is skeptical about how long the quitting will last.

Hank and Drover are in the mood for love (which was not one of the old songs played in the background). They meet the beautiful beagle from the cover. Miss Scamper is a confirmed flirt, but her owner is not interested in having Hank around.

Drover and Hank also meet up with Rip and Snort. The Coyote brothers think fresh dog would make a dandy dinner. As usual, Hank does some fast talking to get out of trouble, but Drover manages to bring even more trouble with him. How will Hank keep them both from being torn limb from limb?

As for the romantic scene with Beulah the collie, she's right. Hank can't take a hint. Her duet with Hank shows she has a lovely voice. Pity he wasn't listening to her words.

Hank really saves the day in the end. I enjoyed High's opinion of one of Hank's skills.

Too bad my dad died before these books were written. He was an ol' country boy and I think he would have enjoyed them as much as I do.
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A Kid's Review on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I think that Faded Love is a good book. It is funny and also it has lots of adventures like the other books of Hank. I read this book with my classmates. Each of my classmates had a part in the book, like a kid was Drover and the other was Hank. Hank and Drover make this oath that they would never return to the ranch, and they would quit their jobs as cowdogs.
Drover told Hank that there was a snake on the ranch. It really wasn't a snake; it was just a cat's tale, which was Pete. Pete became mad at Hank because he thought he was a snake, so Hank left with Drover. On his way he met all kinds of old friends. He also meets new friends like Miss Scamper. She is this dog that Hank meets by a lake. Miss Scamper's owner stops by the lake and puts water in his radiator. Drover and Hank fall in love with Ms. Scamper. He also meets his old friends Rip and Snort; they are coyotes.
We found out that Drover is not that dumb. Hank sings this song to Beulah (she is hank's old girl friends, which was kind of funny. Hank and Drover decided to go back to the ranch. Drover reminds Hank about the oath, but he said that there are different kinds of oaths; one is forever and others are temporary. So they went back to the ranch and they saw the real snake. It was going toward little Alfred. Hank attacked the snake and the snake beat him. Everybody now thinks Hank is a hero.
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A Kid's Review on May 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Hank the Cowdog is a good book that my classmates and I read. It is about faded love. Hank and Drover are in love with Beulah, the collie. Hank was telling Drover that Beulah is his girlfriend and not Drover's, but Beulah likes Hank only as a friend. She said, "Because the way I feel, Hank, is that we should just be special friends. I like Plato."
But Plato was looking out for birds because he a bird watcher. Later, Hank saw Miss Scamper and said, "How do you do you, lovely lady?" Hank was going from one girl to another. Then Hank wrote a song to Beulah and it went something like this, "I have the strangest dream, Beulah, my dear, I'm standing close to you and holding you near. I feel electric shock, just being close by, touching your flaxen hair and seeing you're my love. I can't stop thinking about you, Beulah." Hank rolled around on a dead skunk and went to test it out on Beulah to see if the perfume worked. The "love" perfume smelled bad because he smelled like a dead skunk and Beulah did not like the perfume. But Miss Scamper liked the perfume that Hank was wearing.
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