Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One

Dicamillo Kate, Van Dusen Chris

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One
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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One

Dicamillo Kate, Van Dusen Chris

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 Maybelline, that is, and then it’s love at first sight. Maybelline loves spaghetti and sweet nothings, and she loves Leroy, too. But when Leroy forgets the third and final rule of caring for Maybelline, disaster ensues. Can Leroy wrestle fate to the ground, rescue the horse of his heart, and lasso loneliness for good?

Join Leroy, Maybelline, and a cast of familiar characters - Stella, Frank, Mrs. Watson, and everyone’s favorite porcine wonder, Mercy - for some hilarious and heartfelt horsing around on Deckawoo Drive.

Review

Leroy dreams of being a cowboy; he’s got a hat, a lasso and boots – everything except something to ride! So when Maybelline, an old horse with few, yet specific, needs (lots of love, compliments and food) comes into his life, it’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship! But disaster strikes when the forgetful Leroy is remiss with his true love’s care and so, like any good cowboy, he must rescue the horse of his dreams.

Full of fun illustrations, this gorgeous little treat is for younger readers who’ve graduated to chapter books. Best of all, it’s the first in the series, Tales from Deckawoo Drive. (Readers may also recognise familiar characters from the delightful Mercy Watson books.)

I loved this humorous tale of friendship, love and dreaming big. Kate DiCamillo, the only author to win the prestigious Newberry award twice, has once again woven her magic words into a story any child is sure to love.

Highly recommended for ages 6 and up and a wonderful read aloud for the whole family.

Athina Clarke is from Readings Malvern.

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