A great article offering Hank as a wholesome alternative to books like Captain Underpants

Friday, June 02, 2017

Hi Hank-fans!

Check out this great article about the virtues of sharing Hank with young readers! The author has great things to say about offering Hank as an alternative:

We'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Our favorite snippet from Burke's article: 

"I can’t talk about books without offering a suggestion, and I have a great one. If you have a boy who is a reluctant reader, I recommend to you the “Hank the Cowdog” series by John R. Erickson. In an interview with World Magazine, Erickson said:
'Hank wants to be a good dog, but he’s involved in a constant struggle with his nature: a short attention span, food lust, and an exalted opinion of his role as Head of Ranch Security. Hank is a sinner. Sometimes he rises to heroism but he doesn’t stay there for long. That describes every dog I’ve known. It also has some very funny parallels with the human condition.'

Erickson’s book are funny, but they also have a deeper purpose. He believes “Good stories should nourish the spirit just as a good meal nourishes the body.”
And that’s why Captain Underpants fails children. They don’t nourish anything but immaturity..." [read more]

Tags: Hank the Cowdog books, Writing
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