Hank encounters the weirdest cat he's ever seen when he, Slim, Drover, and Little Alfred head over to the Hodge's place to feed the cattle. Hank gets bumped out of the back of the Cammo-Stealth army truck. Mary D. Cat is the only one around to help keep Rip and Snort at bay. Will Slim realize Hank is missing in action? Is Mary D. Cat really a vampire? Or could it be - gulp - that she's a good cat after all?
©1993 John R. Erickson (P)1993 John R. Erickson
Loper has rented an old abandoned ranch for winter feeding and Hank gets stuck there with a crazy cat that has also been stuck there for 2 years. Most of the book is about the interaction between Hank and the crazy cat. There is very little Drover, Slim, or other major characters. It was medium to medium-low on the Hank funny list and the crazy cat has a lot of scenes with intense music and her intense crazy voice that actually creeped my 5 year old and 8 year old out. They didn't have nightmares or anything, but they didn't enjoy the book and asked me to stop playing (a rare occurrence for Hank the Cowdog). The series is great, but this book is not. If you want a Cat story, try The Twisted Kitty, which is a Hank classic.
We love all the Hank the Cowdog books and even though i love to read--John Erickson does a MUCH better job than i ever could. Our whole family (including a 16 year old and even my husband) listens to these books on long car trips. Everyone enjoys them. The sound effects and plays on words are what we love best.
Drover is always my favorite, but the Vampire Cat herself is a close tie in this book.
Even though these are kids books, they really make you think. Lots of plays on words and human psychology
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