Mercy Watson to the Rescue
To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons' bed. BOOM! CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through the floor, Mercy escapes in a flash – "to alert the fire department," her owners assure themselves. But could Mercy possibly have another emergency in mind — like a sudden craving for their neighbors' sugar cookies? Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson — an ebullient character for early chapter-book readers in a series that's destined to be a classic.
Praise For Mercy Watson to the Rescue…
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Appropriate as both a picture book and a beginning reader, this joyful story combines familiar elements with a raucous telling that lets readers in on the joke.
—Booklist, starred review
DiCamillo employs enough creative word choices to elevate the story beyond the controlled vocabulary of a first reader, yet the short chapters, large font, double spacing, and easygoing narrative make it approachable for transitional readers.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, The
Hilarity and hijinks abound.
Mercy Watson, a disarmingly charming pig adopted by a loving human family, makes her debut in this new series of chapter books for beginning readers.
—School Library Journal
—St. Paul Pioneer Press
DiCamillo's suspenseful yarn keeps readers turning the page, while the retro-folksy illustrations by Chris Van Dusen go for laughs and make for a gentle transition from picture books.
All heck breaks loose in this affectionate screwball take on bringing up baby.
This fast-paced tale features a pig named Mercy, a problem neighbor, and piles of buttered toast.
Short and peppy chapters for reading or read-alouds.
Mr. and Mrs. Watson live in a charmingly retro world with their adorable pet pig.
—Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year
DiCamillo's tightly woven, outlandish story shows she's a pro at making readers laugh.
—Pittsburgh Post Gazette
With its straightforward story line, repeated text and hilarious illustrations, this new series should delight young readers.
An ebullient new character for early chapter-book readers in a series that’s destined to be a classic.
—Midwest Book Review
A beguiling blend of slapstick and whimsy.
—Child Magazine's Best Children's Book Award
Candlewick, 9780763645045, 80pp.
Publication Date: December 22, 2009
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1. Every night, the Watsons sing Mercy to sleep. The song makes Mercy feel warm inside, as if she had just eaten her favorite—hot buttered toast. What makes you feel warm inside?
2. Eugenia Lincoln thinks pigs belong on farms. Name other animals that could be both pets and found on farms.
3. Baby agrees with everything Eugenia says because she thinks it’s easier that way. Why do you think that is? Is Baby right to do it?
4. Why does Mrs. Watson want Eugenia to call Mercy a porcine wonder? Do you think that’s an accurate description of Mercy?
5. At the end of the book, Mercy takes a nap. Why do you think she was tired?