John R. Erickson, Hank the Cowdog: The Big Question. Maverick Books, 2012.
The Big Question is the most recent book of the Hank the CowDog series. This series has provided excellent family entertainment for my family the last few years. In this newest addition, it is the day before Christmas. Loper and Sally May have left Slim in charge of the ranch. Loper and his family have gone to visit relatives for Christmas. It seems like it will be a peaceful Christmas until a snow storm blows through. The cows get out and it is up to Slim, Hank, Drover, and Miss Viola to rescue them.
The series is written at a fourth grade level but it will be interesting to the whole family. I have read all sixty of the Hank books to my family and we love the series. I read the same ones over and over. John Erickson has been writing the series since 1984. He is a real cowboy who lives in the Texas Panhandle. It is a series that kids would want to read on their own too.