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The Case of the Deadly Ha-Ha Game

by John R. Erickson

Other authors: Gerald L. Holmes (Illustrator)

Series: Hank the Cowdog (37)

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Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, and assistant deputy Drover engage in an epic battle with the coyotes, Rip and Snort, as they all seek some meaty treats.
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The Case of the Deadly Ha-Ha Game was a lot of fun. I loved the robotic voice in which Hank revealed hired hand Slim Chance's darkest secrets, although as a loyal dog he was sworn not to do that. The strange, high-pitched voice with a squeakier under voice of Hank's central control was just as good, although its messages suggested my favorite cowdog isn't playing with a full deck.

Pete the Barncat manages to get Hank into trouble -- of course. There are more of those delightfully daffy Abbott-and-Costello-like conversations between Hank and his little assistant, Drover. Does Hank behave shamefully during the Affair of the Purloined Steak? Absolutely!

The deadly Ha-Ha game is Hank's idea to save himself and Drover from becoming coyote food for brothers Rip and Snort. That their danger lasts for most of CDs two & three is Hank's fault. (If Hank ever learned from his mistakes, what would Mr. Erickson do for plots?) The perils of the pooches keep starting up again just when the listener thinks they might be safe at last. If you're at all familiar with this series, you'll understand why Hank is torn between facing the jaws of Rip and Snort or *gasp* the Wrath of Sally May. (His description of his master's wife made me laugh aloud, especially when he describes a power he suspects she has.)

I also love the rocket sound effects for when Hank, Drover, and Pete are speeding away. Hank's song, 'Be A Winner,' is a masterpiece of unsportsmanlike advice. Hank and Pete's descriptions of each other's dry food after tasting it made me laugh, too. No wonder that steak was such a temptation. I also got a kick out of Drover's attempts to avoid what Hank considers bad language (No 'Darn!' allowed.)

Hank the Cowdog makes for fine family entertainment. Why not entertain yourselves tonight? ( )
  JalenV | Mar 16, 2015 |
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