Tuesday, December 2

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up
(Tales from Deckawoo Drive #1)
Written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 978-0763663391
Publisher: Candlewick
Date of publication: August 26, 2014
Age: Grades 2 - 4

Themes: cowboys, compliments, responsibility, tracking

With his hat, books, and lasso, Leroy Ninker has always dreamed of being a cowboy. But then his friend, Beatrice, points out the obvious: he has no horse. So he wrestles fate into the ground and, through an ad in the newspaper, meets Maybelline. It is love at first sight. However, it turns out caring for Maybelline just may be more work than Leroy is prepared to do...

So this book is a spin-off series. In the first book of the series about Mercy Watson, DiCamillo's famed pig, we are first introduced to Leroy as a thief in the night. Well, he is up and reformed. Now, he is rather in love with the idea of being a cowboy and in love with his horse (it gets pretty mushy at a few parts). He's a pretty cute character and the horse is absolutely charming as well. Overall, the story is a good one. As for the writing...well, let's just say I was surprised to find words like "cogitate" and "rue" and quite a few others that would challenge even the excelled reader. It's definitely a good one if you want kids to expand their vocabulary!

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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