309. Leroy Potts Meets the McCrooks by Vivian Sathre

Leroy Potts Meets the McCrooks by Vivian Sathre. Illustrated by Rowan Barnes-Murphy  (US) - (Canada)
A Yearling First Choice Chapter Book

Pages: 47
Ages: 5+
Finished: Nov. 13, 2012
First Published: 1997
Publisher: Delacorte Press (OUT OF PRINT)
Genre: children, early chapter book, western, humour
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Yahoo!" Leroy Potts was so excited he danced a jig through the cornfield."

Publisher's Summary:  "Yahoo! Leroy Potts is planning to ask Miss Hattie Mae to marry him. But along the way Leroy is struck by a double bolt of lightning. Shucks--Leroy's forgotten his own name. That's when he meets the McCrook brothers, Skete and Barney. Those outlaws think Leroy is the perfect man to do their dirty work. But they're in for a surprise. Yippee-I-O-ki-yay!"

Acquired: Purchased a used copy from my library's "sale table".

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

This book is marked as RL 2.8, but it has names and western specific words that make it a bit harder than that for the non-western child to read.  DS did fairly well with the book and really enjoyed the antics.. This is his type of book.  A fun story of a rather naive but very friendly cowboy who gets struck by lightning acquiring a case of amnesia.  He's taken under the wing of two outlaws who use him to do their dirty work for them in their crimes.  But Leroy, not having a dishonest bone in his body, never really understands what is wanted of him.  For example while robbing a train and asking the passengers to hand over "all their goodies" his rumbling tummy is sure his friends would be much more appreciative of a sack full of delicious food than useless jewelry.  In this sense it has a slight "Amelia Bedelia" ring to it.  The book is aimed at boys though and should be great fun all around.  We both enjoyed it, what a shame when I came to write the review to see that the book is OP and that my library has given away its only copy.  A promising book to keep in school/classroom libraries for the average 7-8 year old reader.  Story holds up well to the maturity of the older reluctant/struggling reader also.  My ds is 12 at time of reading.


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