Thursday, August 6, 2009

Maverick Books

A few weeks ago the review crew got a message that we would be receiving a package from "Maverick Books."  I wasn't really sure what products were produced by Maverick Books, so I looked for them on-line.  I was so excited to see that Maverick Books produce the Hank the Cowdog series! 


Several years ago a girlfriend loaned us a set of audiotapes of Hank the Cowdog.  Our boys were pretty small at the time, but we listened to these audios and the four of us laughed out loud.  Then, John R. Erickson, the author of the Hank the Cowdog series was the keynote speaker at our local homeschool curriculum fair.  We picked up a few books and the audio tape of his first book "Hank the Cowdog."  We've listened to that tape several times, each time laughing out loud.  Our family has several catch phrases we've picked up from Hank the Cowdog.


Although the boys read a few of the books, we all prefer the audios to the books.  Mr. Erickson's voices and inflection on the audios cannot be duplicated.  Each audio we've heard is hysterical!  Most of the humor is in his delivery.


So, receiving the package with the "Maverick Books" return address was a highlight to our day late one Friday morning.  And, oh my, what a package!  Here is a picture of what we received:


In this package were a Hank the Cowdog game, a CD, and a book.  We are game-aholics in our house, so our first exploration was into the box containing the Tornado game.  We played a complete game right away.  The game was fun, similar to an older game by a major game manufacturer that we've played for years, but with a few unique features.  The thing I loved most about it was it's portability.  The entire game and all of its pieces fit into the game board when folded in half.  The game is fun, and definitely short enough to keep a young child's attention.  I believe it took us about 30 minutes to play the game.  One great feature of receiving this game is that it comes with an audio tape featuring clips from the book, "The Case of the Swirling Killer Tornado."  We listened to the audio while playing the game and giggled as we played.  You can purchase this game on the Hank the Cowdog website for $12.99.


While straightening up the kitchen, I listened to the audio CD we received "Tales and Tunes from Hank the Cowdog."  I'm telling you, Mom, these audios are wasted on the young!  I was in hysterics.  If you need a good laugh out loud on a tough day, get a Hank the Cowdog CD.  This particular CD features excerpts from 10 books as well as songs featured in the books.  Even the songs are funny.  Mr. Erickson's does the voices for all the characters and they are just hilarious.  This CD is very reasonably priced on the Hank the Cowdog website at $3.  It would be a great place for you to begin your Hank the Cowdog journey because it gives highlights of 10 of the Hank books.


Finally, we also received the book, "Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the One-eyed Killer Stud Horse."  This is book 8 of the 54 in the series.   Paperback books retail for $4.24.  Hardback for $12.49. Audio CDs are $17.99 and cassettes are $14.99.  They also offer read-along books with CD ($19.99) or books with audio tapes($17.99).  The five newer books cost slightly more.  You can see a complete list of the books offered here.


Mr. Erickson's books are a great read for early readers.  I remember the sense of accomplishment my boys would feel when they could actually complete one of these books on their own.  They felt like they were moving in a grown-up world of chapter books just like Mommy and Daddy.  My oldest son, who will be 13 in the Fall, asked to be the one to read this book.  So, in our house, these books and audios appeal to those ranging in age from 7 to 45!  The boys began reading Hank books early and are still interested in them. 


Hank the Cowdog books and audios come with the Lydell seal of approval.  For years, they have entertained us and given the boys enjoyable reading.  Now they are offering related items that enhance your relationship with Hank.   Maverick Books are available at  They have a very detailed on-line shop offering lots of fun "Hank" items.  I'm thinking my husband needs a "Head of Ranch Security" T-shirt for Christmas...hmmmmmm...  Check them out, if you haven't yet.  Everyone needs a little hilarity in the middle of the day.

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