YMMV / Hank the Cowdog

  • Crowning Moment of Funny: It was... pause... pause... pause... paws... pause... pause... A GHOST! (The pauses are actually written out and take up two whole pages before another two-page spread that just has "A GHOST!" across from a full-page illustration of the ghost. Which actually is somewhat scary in spite of this humor.)
  • Ear Worm: The songs, when you listen to them on the audio book versions.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Hank claims that the Coyotes' You No Take Candle way of speaking is its own separate language. It comes out the way it does because Hank is narrating the story, and his own understanding of Coyote is a bit limited, causing him to lose something in the translations.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In one book, a wild fire almost destroys the ranch. This later actually happened to the Author.
  • Periphery Demographic: Erickson initially wrote the books for adults. He was a little surprised when he discovered that it was mostly kids that were the ones who were reading them. But he ran with it, and is still going strong today.
  • Nausea Fuel: In A Dog's Life we learn what happens when Buzzards get mad. "They throw up on the party that made 'em unhappy". Which is gross enough, but then you take into account what a Buzzard's diet consists of... Yeah (also Truth in Television). Let's just say that Rip and Snort learned a very important lesson in that book. Hank himself was so grossed out that in later books he refuses to even talk about it. This gets a repeat performance in The Case of the Prowling Bear, when he tries to hit Hank with it after being forced to say, "Thank you."