Kate DiCamillo fans everywhere, rejoice! In this return to the neighborhood of Mercy Watson, Kate tells the story of a man on a quest. To be specific, it is the story of a cowboy in search of a horse. Leroy Ninker works at the Bijou DriveIn Theater and loves watching the Western double features each week. He dreams of being a cowboy and wears boots, a hat, and a lasso - but he has no horse. How can he be a cowboy if he can't ride off into the sunset? So he searches the "for sale" ads to find a horse and finds Maybelline. Leroy is a tiny little man who is hugely funny, especially when you combine him with his horse. The way he talks to and feeds Maybelline will draw chuckles from readers of all ages.
If you enjoy Kate's other books, particularly the style of her Mercy Watson stories, then you must read Leroy Ninker Saddles Up. It will have you calling out, "Yippie-i-oh!" before you know it. For those who haven't tried a DiCamillo book yet, this warmhearted story of a man pursuing his dream (and his horse) is a great introduction to her work.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It will be released in stores on August 26, 2014.