Monday, August 18, 2014

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo, A Review ★★★★★


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Publication Date: August 24, 2014

Book Description

Yippie-i-oh! Saddle up for the first in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from Kate DiCamillo’s New York Timesbest-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.


I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review.

I was expecting a picture book but this is actually a chapter book with great illustrations. Leroy Ninker is charming.  DiCamillo created charming characters and a setting that has a very vintage vibe - making this a winner for me!  I see this book as a great read for young readers - perhaps advanced first grade readers and second grade readers.   This would also be a fun book to read aloud to students; DiCamillo uses great vocabulary and portrays how there are many words that can be used to describe one thing.  I could definitely see using this book to illustrate the power of descriptive words with young writers. 
This book is listed with a Volume One distinction which makes me believe that there are additional stories to come. 

I gave this book: 

★ = I did not like it     ★ = It was okay     ★ = I liked it    
★ = I really liked it     ★ = I loved it

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