Friday, July 2, 2010

"Moonlight Madness"

What happens when an orphaned baby 'coon gets adopted by a ranch hand? And while I'm asking questions, here's another one: what happens if you give a 'coon a cookie?

To answer these questions briefly...interesting stuff happens. Very interesting stuff, that will have you laughing.

Yes, the ranch hand Slim Chance (gotta love that name) comes across a raccoon who has become roadkill. So of course when he finds a baby 'coon just minutes later he figures that the baby needs some help.

Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, thinks that Slim is making a big mistake. But does anyone ever listen to the Head of Ranch Security? No. No one ever does. So despite Hank's disapproval, Slim takes the baby 'coon to the house and fixes up a cage to keep him in. He even names the thing. Eddie. Eddie the rac.

Hank is bound and determined to dislike Eddie. And yet...when he does start talking to the orphan, he finds himself liking the 'coon despite himself. In fact, Eddie seems pretty smart, and has some good ideas...

...and here are some lessons that Hank learns (sometimes more than once) from Eddie.

1) Under no circumstances should you trust a raccoon. Even a baby 'coon.

2) Never give a 'coon a cookie.

3) Never crawl into a small confined space that has a door, at least not when there's a 'coon nearby. And certainly don't do it if it was the 'coon's idea.

Instead of reading this book I listened to it. If you're going to check out this book, I highly recommend that you get the audio book version. You get sound effects, different voices, and music. John R. Erickson, the author of the book, tells the story himself. There are also two songs in the book (one of which concerns cookies) that are so much better listened to than read. So I say again, check out the audio book! :)

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