Leroy Ninker Saddles Upby Kate DiCamillo
If you liked Mercy Watson, read on! First in a new series called Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up tells the story of would-be cowboy Leroy Ninker. He’s ready for cowboy life and already has his boots, lasso and hat. He’s only missing one thing – a horse. When Leroy Ninker meets Maybelline, he knows she is the “horse of his heart”. Yippie-i-oh!
Maybelline likes to have sweet nothings whispered in her ear, and she loves to eat. But she doesn’t fit very well into Leroy’s apartment, and when he leaves her alone outside, he lives “to rue and regret the day.” He ends up having to rescue his precious Maybelline. But what is cowboy life without a little adventure, right? With some help from his friends on Deckawoo Drive – including Mrs. Watson and Mercy – Leroy saves the day!
Heartwarming and laugh out loud funny, Leroy Ninker is a wonderful early chapter book. Preschoolers and Kindergarteners will enjoy listening to the story, and kids in grades 1-3 will want to read it themselves.