Book review #262: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamilloby Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

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!

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