Leroy Ninker Saddles Up


‘Leroy Ninker Saddles Up’ Maybelline. She’s a big horse and he’s a small would-be cowboy. Patty Le Marque advises Leroy as she passes Maybelline to his care to remember three things:- Maybelline is a horse who enjoys compliments, likes ‘her grub’ and gets ‘lonesome quick’. Can Leroy handle Maybelline’s needs?

Mounting Maybelline is Leroy’s first problem, but a bigger one looms as they head home. How can a big horse live in Unit 12 Garden Glen Apartments? What does Leroy feed a big horse who likes her grub? Thereafter, how can Leroy hope to keep Maybelline company when he’s at work at the Bijou Drive-Thru cinema?

Leroy’s big dreams, empathy and trust endear us to him. Kate DiCamillo is a maestra of creating characters and situations that are rich and meaningful. We know and love these people and this world. Leroy Ninker’s quick, deep love for Maybelline is beautiful; we recognise that she offers him more than a cowboy infatuation.

Bookwagon is proud to introduce the Deckawoo Drive series, of which this the first, to newer chapter book readers. It is a fine, memorable, ‘forever’ read which we recommend highly and love, tenderly.

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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen


‘Leroy Ninker Saddles Up‘ and prepares to live the cowboy dream. It’s more than a hat, lasso and ‘yippie-i-o!’ Now Leroy has a horse! She may be a Maybelline rather than a Tornado, but it’s love at first sight for Leroy Ninker. To keep her happy, he’s charged with three golden rules. Will Leroy fulfil Maybelline’s wishes? This is our first visit to Deckawoo Drive.


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