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Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise Hardcover – July 10, 2007
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About the Author
Chris Van Dusen has illustrated all the books in the Mercy Watson series. He is also the author-illustrator of DOWN TO THE SEA WITH MR. MAGEE, A CAMPING SPREE WITH MR. MAGEE, and IF I BUILT A CAR. He lives in Camden, Maine.
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In her instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself facedown on the ocean floor -- lost, and waiting to be found. The Tale of Despereaux -- the Newbery Medal-winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures --stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And The Magician's Elephant, an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to
ask the question, What if?
Kate DiCamillo's own journey is something of a dream come true. After moving to Minnesota from Florida in her twenties, homesickness and a bitter winter helped inspire Because of Winn-Dixie -- her first published novel, which, remarkably, became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. "After the Newbery committee called me, I spent the whole day walking into walls," she says. "I was stunned. And very, very happy."
The author's second novel, The Tiger Rising, went on to become a National Book Award Finalist. And since then, this master storyteller, whose books are now published in more than forty languages, has written for a wide range of ages. Her luminous holiday picture book, Great Joy, is enjoyed by children as young as preschoolers. Three early-chapter-book series demonstrate a quirky humor that appeals to emerging readers, whether the books feature "porcine wonder" Mercy Watson in her obsessive pursuit of buttered toast, or Bink and Gollie, who embody the tall and short of a marvelous friendship. More recently, spin-off characters from Mercy Watson have appeared in Tales from Deckawoo Drive, a series launched in Fall 2014 with the first title featuring the reformed thief Leroy Ninker.
Kate DiCamillo's latest novel and second Newbery Medal winner, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, was released in Fall 2013 to great acclaim, garnering five starred reviews and an instant spot on the New York Times bestseller list. A laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format -- a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page black-and-white illustrations by K. G. Campbell -- Flora & Ulysses was named a finalist for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize; chosen by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, and Common Sense Media as a Best Book of the Year; and designated a Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner.
It's no wonder that Kate DiCamillo was selected to be the U.S. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for 2014-2015. Of that mission, and on the power of stories, she says, "When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another."
Born in Philadelphia, Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.
Top Customer Reviews
There is one danger though with this series ---- I've had to explain that "toast with a great deal of butter on it" is really not the best breakfast option. We have done it though --- on a blue plate no less. But it's a "special" event when she gets to play the pig. The other day she was "narrowing her eyes" as she decided to scoot over in a seat. Cracks me up. All of this is from the series --- the books are beautifully interwoven.
And Chris Van Dusen's illustrations deserve accolades as well. I found myself flipping from book to book and from one illustration to another to see if I could catch a mistake. They are illustrated photographs I swear. He captured our hearts ---- we ordered his books (A camping spree with Mr. Magee, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, If I Built a Car) and would highly recommend them all. Cute books --- great rhyming. The Magee books are the best but we got a kick out of finding Mr. Magee and Dee (his dog) pictured in the If I Built a Car book.
We own all of Mo Willems' stuff ---- I didn't need yet another illustrator and series to be so enthralled with!
With the Mercy stories (of the adorably-ugly pet pig) our niece began to appreciate the author. I always talk of the 'creative brain' or ask 'how do you think she thought up this story?!'...Now she has read these books and we have helped her move on to a more matured reading (still a challenge since there are less pictures) of Winn Dixie.
This fun character Mercy is a good way to engage the non reader. I think the book is a little more engaging for a younger child, unless the child is not strong in reading, then try this and then move on! Good luck!
DON'T FORGET TO MAKE TOAST W/ BUTTER. THATS MERCYS FAV :-D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this on my daughter's kindle (7th generation). The book displays in landscape format only and cuts off most of the right hand page thus making it unreadable.Published 1 month ago by Michael Fox
Arrived in great condition. The book was exactly like the one i was trying to replace from the school library.Published 2 months ago by IowaHawkeyesFan
I tutor a group of 2nd grade girls. We read this story as a book study. The girls and I loved it! We could not wait to read it each time we met and they never wanted to stop. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donna
Adore the series!! Wish the hard-covered books were illustrated in color. That was a big disappointment!Published 4 months ago by Carol Lomax Braunstein
I purchased this on the Kindle so my daughter could read it, but the Kindle version is nearly impossible to read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Adam Ludwig