Our new favorite Audiobook Series – Hank the Cowdog

August 10, 2010

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We just finished our first road trip to Utah, 2 days in the car, each way, with 5 kids, ages 10 and under.  Sounds like a crazy endeavor, but it wasn’t that bad.  And if I compare it to road trips I took as a kid . . . how many times can you play the alphabet game before you go insane? 

My kids are spoiled with their DS’s, DVD players and audio books.  Not to mention all the great snacks.  In fact, at the end of the first day in the car, my 4-year-old said, “I want to do this every day!”  

 Since I did a bit of looking to find some good audio stories to listen to, I thought I’d let you know about this great series we’ve really enjoyed:

Hank the Cowdogby John R. Erikson.

These are the adventures of Hank the Cowdog who considers himself the ‘Head of Ranch Security’ and works at solving a variety of mysteries from his ‘vast office complex’ which is really just a pair of gunny sacks underneath the gas tanks.  The stories are pretty funny as he gets into all kinds of trouble trying to solve mysteries or take care of problems on the ranch.  He often gets tricked by ‘Eddie the Rac (Raccoon)’.  Eddie gets him to sit on chicken eggs in the hopes of making then knit back together, and convinces Hank to help him get into the cookies and take the blame.  The stories also have original funny songs included.  My kids love the one from the cookie incident and often sing their favorite line:  “We are cookies, and we want to be eaten!”

What’s great about these audiobooks is that they are entertaining for all ages, from my 4-year-old up to my 10-year-old.  I even enjoy them!

Do you have any favorite audio-books?  Could you leave a comment with the title?  I’d love suggestions since we spend a bit of time in the car and are always looking for good things to listen to.  Thanks!

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4 Comments so far

  1. docmisty August 12, 2010 2:08 pm

    I know – he’s a master of all the different voices, isn’t he? We love them!

  2. Denise August 11, 2010 5:47 pm

    We LOVE Hank the Cow Dog! And the audio books are so-o-o-o-o much better than reading it yourself, because the author is a wonderful performer. I used to read these aloud to my kids, but I could never do justice to the songs.

  3. docmisty August 11, 2010 8:26 am

    Awesome links Tatiana! Just the kind of thing I’m looking for. Thanks so much for sharing!


  4. Tatiana August 11, 2010 3:26 am

    I’m looking into audiobooks right now…we’re enjoying stuff from storynory.com and thestoryhome.com

    My kids love it!


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