Title: Leroy Ninker Saddles up
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Chris Van Drusen
Characteristics: Humor, Adventure, Fast paced storytelling
For: 1st/2nd grade
I always love reading anything by DiCamillo. She has a sneaky way of throwing vocabulary at a reader and commanding attention throughout each and every one of her books. This latest book tells the story of Leroy Ninker who wants nothing more than to become a great Cowboy. Ninker, a drive through movie theatre operator, is inspired one day to take the first step towards finally making his dream come true. The first thing he must do? Find a horse of course! Shenanigans ensue from the moment Ninker meets old Maybelline, the horse that runs on compliments and lots of grub. This is an enchanting book about the obstacles you encounter when following your dreams and it encourages children by illustrating that, if you stay determined and don’t give up, chances are quite good you’ll make your wish come true. I would recommend this book to readers just venturing into the world of chapter books. This book appears to be the first in a new series. -Kati B.