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Book Title: Drover's Secret Life|
The author of the book: John R. Erickson
Date of issue: March 19th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780670011186
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 877 KB
Edition: Viking Juvenile
Read full description of the books Drover's Secret Life:My son Danny and I have been reading the HANK books for a couple of years now. They are good silly fun and (unlike a lot of books about dogs for kids) contain no scenes of upsetting tragedy. Hank is a good introduction for kids to the concept of the "unreliable narrator" in fiction, you don't have to be too old to catch on that Hank's prose is highly self flattering and distorted. This late entry in which Hank's 'deputy' Drover writes his own memoirs may be the funniest one as Hank only sets the story up in the preamble: he has discovered Drover's memoirs and leaves us with them to judge for ourselves. Simpleminded Drover tells his life story with unwitting candor and humorous results. This is the first book of the series which Danny read to me (instead of the other way around) and we were both "howling" with laughter frequently. A fun book for kids who love dogs and humor.
Read information about the authorJohn 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."
Hank the Cowdog made his debut in the pages of The Cattleman, a magazine for adults, and 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.
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.
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."
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