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The Quest for the Great White Quail #52 (Hank the Cowdog) Paperback – May 15, 2008


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  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hank the Cowdog (Book 52)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142411078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142411070
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
For me, in many ways, this is one of the funniest adventures Hank has had. To begin with, Hank and Drover have a discussion over the chewing of plastic. Every dog I have ever been associated with, and that has been many, have had a `thing' for plastic. I have a small Boston terrier setting on my lap at this very moment who would dearly love to sneak one of my plastic pens off of my desk and give it a good chewing. I can visualize the Hank/Drover conversation and I must say there were many times in this work that I laughed out loud.

In addition we have Hank's long time competitor for the affections of the lovely female collie on a neighboring ranch, Plato, a not too bright birddog. Plato becomes lost, as he usually does, and Hank must rescue him.

As with all the over 60 books in this series, this one is not only a good read for the young ones, but most adults will find it just as delightful...on a different level. I cannot think of a better book to read with a child as both reader and listener will be equally entertained.

This review is of the hardback which was a library book.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm doing this review on my Mom's account, since she bought the book, but I'm the one that read it. I'm 11 (almost 12).

I love to read Hank the Cowdog. I own about 30 of the 54 books and have read them all a couple times!!! All the Hank books I don't have, I listen to on CD.

Hank and Drover make me laugh because I have 2 dogs who are kind-of like them and do things that they do. I found this particular book funny, because Hank and Drover find that they are obsessed with plastic. My dogs would have chewed up Alfred's truck too. When Hank went looking for Plato, I laughed out loud because Plato is a little loopy about birds.

This is another great Hank book, and I recommend it to anyone who likes Hank!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gingersnap on December 15, 2009
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Ordered this for a christmas gift for my grandaughter, Hank the Cow Dog is good reading for the younger set.
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5*A+ accurate description~packaged safely in durable mailer~fast shipping~Thank You!
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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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