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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up 1

by Kate DiCamillo
Hardback
Age range: 6 to 7 years old Publication Date: 04/08/2015
4/5 Rating 1 Reviews
  $31.25
Yippie-i-oh! Saddle up for the first in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from Kate DiCamillo's New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books. Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn't have is a horse - until he meets
ISBN:
9780606368681
9780606368681
Category:
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Age range:
6 to 7 years old
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
04-08-2015
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Country of origin:
United States
Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is one of America's most beloved storytellers. She is a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal, for The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating

4 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • A Cowboy Finds His Horse

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    Former thief Leroy Ninker dreams of being a cowboy, which is why he often says, “Yippie-i-oh”. He has a cowboy hat, cowboy boots and a lasso.

    “That is the life for me. A cowboy is who I was meant to be.”

    What Leroy doesn’t have is a horse, and every cowboy needs a horse. Leroy decides it’s time he found himself a strong, fast horse. Instead, he finds Maybelline. Maybelline runs on compliments and loves spaghetti. She doesn’t like being alone.

    Leroy and Maybelline’s story was a really quick read for me and I found it quite sweet. I didn’t have to work at all to get into this book but it felt unfinished to me. Did Leroy ever find a way to get Maybelline inside his home? I also wondered if Maybelline overcame her fear of being alone once she learned to trust that Leroy would always return to her.

    This is the first book in a spinoff of the ‘Mercy Watson’ series. Maybelline and Leroy accidentally wind up visiting Deckawoo Drive, home of the Watsons.

    I really enjoyed Chris Van Dusen’s illustrations. Both humans and animals are very expressive and the details line up well with the narrative.

    I’ll be looking out for this spaghetti eating horse and her cowboy as the series progresses.