What Ricky’s Reading

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

by John R. Erickson

Hank is awakened from sleep by a scream from his sidekick Loper. There has been a murder on the ranch. Something smells fowl. The chicken house has been hit, and it happened right under the nose of the Head of Ranch Security. The hen is lying on her left side, pointing toward the northeast, with one foot out and the other one curled up under her wing. She has lost some of her tail feathers.

This seems to be the work of a raccoon. Who better to catch a raccoon than a cowdog? Did I mention that Hank and Loper were dogs? Hank is confident, but accident prone. Loper is a little slow between the ears and scared of his own shadow. When a fight ensues you can expect to see Hank in the middle of it and to see Loper’s dust as he tucks tail and runs. What could possibly go wrong? Maybe a better question is what could possibly go right.

Their adventure begins when Hank catches the trail of what he thinks is a raccoon. As he pounces he lands right in the middle of a porcupine with quills extended. Hank has injured his pride, his nose, and he still doesn’t know who killed the chicken. The murderer strikes again. Now no one is safe on the ranch, and it is up to Hank and Loper to bring the murderer to justice.

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog has everything you look for in a book: suspense, mystery, and knee-slapping humor. This is a book for the whole family.

My thoughts: This is one of those books that made me fall in love with reading. I remember picking up my first copy at the school library at Blountsville Elementary. What more could a young boy ask for than a cowdog that solves mysteries with his scaredy-cat sidekick?

Most of the time real life is much scarier than fiction. We are definitely experiencing that right now. It is nice to sit back and pick up a book that carries me back to when times were simpler. If you are looking for a book to read as a family, this is your series.

Ricky Statham is director at Oneonta Public Library. The library is closed to the public due to the coronavirus situation. Check out www.oneontapubliclibrary.org to take advantage of all the online services.