Do you have a Mercy Watson fan in your family? If so, meet the latest character from Deckawoo Drive, Leroy Ninker in Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One by Kate DiCamillo. Leroy is a small little man who works at the local drive-in theater. He dreams of being a cowboy. He's got the hat, boots, and lasso. The only thing that's missing is a horse to make his cowboy life a reality. Then he meets Maybelline, an old horse with only four teeth, who hates to be alone and wants nothing more than to be sweetly spoken to. When Maybelline gets adopted, her former owner gives Leroy three very important rules he must live by to make Maybelline happy. It's not until Leroy forgets rule number three that crisis strikes!
This transitional chapter book is the perfect leap for readers to make once they've finished the Mercy Watson books, because it's just a step up in reading difficulty giving readers a slight challenge in their reading skills, while still including a large text size, with plenty of white space and black and white illustrations in a nicely sized package. Plus, there's still familiar characters from the Mercy Watson books readers will recognize, which adds to all the fun!!