Beginning chapter book
Interest level: K-3
Independent reading level: 4.2
5 out of 5 stars
There are so many things that I love about this book! This is the first book in a new Deckawoo Drive series that Kate DiCamillo is creating to follow up her wonderful Mercy Watson series. This new series features longer books and a higher reading level, and acts as the stepping stone for young independent readers as they venture from picture books into chapter books. I also love that Kate never underestimates young readers, and throws in challenging and less-known words that can expand vocabularies.
Kate’s characters are always colorful and have unique personalities, and such wonderful names — Leroy Ninker, Beatrice Leapaleoni, Patty LeMarque, and Maybelline, for example. Overall, this is a truly charming story about a cowboy and his horse, and I think kids will love it!