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The Wounded Buzzard on Christmas Eve #13 (Hank the Cowdog) Paperback – August 1, 1998

Book 13 of 63 in the Hank the Cowdog Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Hank the Cowdog (Book 13)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141303891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141303895
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Great for any age!
E. White
Hank the cowdog is "head of ranch security," and tend to act like Barney Fife. the entire seires of Hank the Cowdog stories are hilarious.
Ron Atkins
I'd also check the rest of the series.
A. D. Cox

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
Format: Turtleback
This is a book that will truly make you cry with laughter. Who ever knew that buzzards could be portrayed so humorously. Besides, you not only get the misadventures of Jr. but also his father.Throw a bachelor cowboy and two children in the mix and look out. Erikson is a master of midwestern cowboy culture and style. I live just next to Texas and people really do act and talk that way down there. This is not a farce but real. The people are also warm, kind hearted, and well intentioned as well as being, occassionally, misguided as we all are. Give this book a try. You will be glad you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1997
Format: Audio Cassette
Slim, Little Alfred, Hank and Drover are headed to town for Slim's last-minute Christmas shopping, and who but Wallace the Buzzard flies into the truck windshield. Wounded and out of his mind, Wallace won't make it through the night without a little help from his friends. Fortunately, Slim is a soft touch, so he agrees to nurse Wallace back to health. After putting Wallace in an empty feed bag, they all continue on their way to the mighty metropolis of Twitchell, Texas. While Slim does his Christmas shopping for Sally May and Miss Viola, Little Alfred discovers why you should never, ever let the bird out of the bag! This tape includes two of my all-time favorite songs: "My Daddy Had a Wreck Today" and "A Pox, A Pox on Emily Post!". This is a heart-warming tale, performed to perfection by the author, that you won't want to miss
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Atkins on October 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Hank the cowdog is "head of ranch security," and tend to act like Barney Fife. the entire seires of Hank the Cowdog stories are hilarious. The story is told from the perspective of Hank and the animal characters in this story, such as Drover, the young pup in training for ranch security, are constantly causing problems for Hank. In one story Hank gets sick after eating a frying pan full of bacon grease. He knows what he should and should not do, but always finds himself being overcome by his true nature--egotistical, gluttonous, etc.

Read this book and you will be addicted to Hank.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann E. Nichols on August 25, 2014
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Funny as THE WOUNDED BUZZARD ON CHRISTMAS EVE is, I have to feel sorry for poor Slim. Don't know where he's going to come up with the money to fix his truck. Sure hope that Miss Viola and Sally May like their Christmas gifts. Wallace the ungrateful buzzard's song, "A Pox, A Pox, on Emily Post," was my favorite part of the book, but... well, I enjoyed what Drover got to do to him for his own good. The way Wallace acted after he regained consciousness showed an inflated opinion of himself worthy of our doggy hero.

Little Alfred Loper had a pretty good role in this one. We get to see Buster and Muggsy again, those two wild dogs met in book four, MURDER IN THE MIDDLE PASTURE. Neither their characters nor their manners have improved. Guess who they want to eat for dinner? Hank has his usual amusing delusions about himself. I enjoyed his scene with that nasty poodle, even though seven of the eleven dogs my family has had were poodles. (We did NOT get their toenails painted!)

The old-time background music included "Beethoven's Fifth" (I think), "Hail to the Chief", "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again," and the "William Tell Overture" (also known as "The Lone Ranger" theme). We're also treated to some well-known Christmas carols either sung or instrumental: "Deck the Halls," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen;" "Joy to the World," "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (sung by Little Alfred), "O Tannenbaum," and "Silent Night".

All in all, it's another good entry for family entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on May 3, 2010
Format: Audio Cassette
This book will make you laugh until it hurts!

Slim is this dude who, with his ugly cow-dog Hank, another dog named Drover and a kid named Little Alfred go out on a shopping run to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts. His dog Hank is the narrator of this tale.

Lo and behold, this poor old buzzard, Wallace the Buzzard flies right into the truck windshield. Dazed and injured, the lovable buzzard knows he'll need to get by with a little help from his friends. Luckily, Slim is touched by the buzzard's plight and offers to take care of the bird until he has recovered.

Slim's method is to place the buzzard into an empty feed bag. With their grumpy, lovable buzzard in tow, the party makes their way to Twitchell Texas to hit the shops. Little Alfred, all of 4 gets a crash course in buzzard husbandry and learns why it is never a good idea to let an irate buzzard out of a feed bag!

Luckily for all, Wallace recovers and his son, a gentle buzzard teaches everyone a lesson in appreciating buzzards, which helps reinforce the holiday spirit. The buzzards do a wonderful clean up job after the festivities.

If you get the tape, the songs are a scream! You'll love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
In this book a buzzard gets hurt, and he gets taken care of.Well,one day Slim,Little Alfred, Drover(the dog),and Hank(the dog)was driving to town to get Christmas presents,and a buzzard named Wallace flew into the wind shield.He got hurt pretty bad,and Little Alfred begged Slim to take him home and take care of him.Slim took him home after he went shopping,and cured him.Then Wallace flew away with his son happily ever after.
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