Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

Book Information

Reader Personality Type
Illustrator
Publisher
Candlewick 2014
Curriculum
Character-Building Curriculum

Leroy Ninker, a small man with a big dream, is about to take fate into his own hands and wrestle it to the ground. Night after night he pours the drinks, serves the popcorn and looks up at the big screen at the drive-in theater and on some very wonderful nights, yippie-i-oh, the movies are about cowboys.

Leroy dreams of becoming a cowboy himself and fortunately for him he has a good friend named Beatrice Leapaleoni who knows all about what it takes to make that dream come true.  It all comes down to teeth and hooves and a want ad in the local Gizzford Gazette featuring a horse who needs a new home.

It's a simple story.  Man buys horse.  Man learns how to take care of horse. Man makes horse spaghetti.  The usual. But with typical elegance, an underlying tone of humor and a promise of the power of love for man and beast, this story soars beyond independent reader into the realm of everyman and everywoman and wanting to be loved, admired and cherished and of wanting to find that special place with that special person where you get to live happily ever after.

Delightfully, the story finds its way to Deckawoo Drive, home of one Mercy Watson so young readers will recognize characters from a neighborhood they know quite well.  

This is the first in a series.

Recommended by:  Barb, abookandahug.com

978-0763663391   Ages  5-9  90 pages

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