Hound Dog Man by Fred Gipson is a great book. It shows a lot of emotion, courage, and bravery. The characters are well described, and it is an easy book to get into. I recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 9 to 19. It is full of adventure as the young boy goes on his first coon hunt with a man that is a professional hunter. He has a great time until there is a man riding one of his bad horses on which he breaks his leg in the middle of a storm. That is when everything goes downhill for the boy and his companions Blackie and Spud. Will Cotton ever get the dog he wanted? Well, you'll have to find out in this incredibly intriguing book that takes place back in the old days where life is free and you don't always have to work or be smart to do what needs to be done to survive life. You especially don't need school, but it is always helpful anyway, and Cotton learns he can benefit from it too.