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Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise Hardcover – July 10, 2007

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Mercy Watson, that glistening pig, isn't too interested in learning about Halloween, and she becomes downright skeptical when Mrs. Watson shows her a pink princess dress she has purchased as a costume. But then treats are mentioned, and that means only one thing to Mercy. Toast! Fans of the series will know what comes next: a wild chase ending with firemen coming to the rescue and, of course, Mercy's favorite buttered delicacy. This installment has the same bright appeal as previous books, and the pictures are priceless, especially the one that shows a reluctant Mercy trying to step into her very lovely gown. Cooper, Ilene

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of the first three stories starring Mercy Watson. She is also the author of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, which won the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, which received a Newbery Honor; THE TIGER RISING, a National Book Award Finalist; and THE MIRACULOUS JOUNREY OF EDWARD TULANE, winner of a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award. She lives in Minneapolis.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mercy Watson (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Library Binding edition (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630140
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Magician's Elephant, a New York Times bestseller; The Tale of Despereaux, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. She lives in Minneapolis.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Berube on June 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 1st grade daughter. She wanted chapter books. She is not too much interested in reading by herself but with this book not only she reads but she wants to keep reading to find more about the story. Plus the illustrations are nice and funny. I am on Amazon tonight to buy the other 3 books. In fact, I suggest buying this Mercy Watson: Princess in disguise first and if you like it then the box has the other 3 titles. Its more for K-1, it might be easy for 2nd graders. Hopefully the author will come out with more soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Kate DiCamillo's MERCY WATSON: PRINCESS IN DISGUISE is the fourth pig tale in the best-selling series: this centered around Halloween on Deckawoo Drive, and the perfect costume for Mercy. Full-page color drawings by Chris Van Dusen are hilarious accompaniments to the story of a pink pig who tries to become a princess on Halloween.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chapman on October 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 4 year old picked up Mercy Watson from the library counter and we have fallen in love. I'm really not sure which I love more --- text or illustrations? Text wins ONLY because were it not for the idea there would be no illustrations. We read a minimum of one a day. I've got them all sitting in the closet waiting for her birthday --- she will be thrilled to KEEP them instead of just checking them out.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth on September 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise is yet another grand slam for Kate Dicamillo! Our favorite domestic pig, Mercy, experiences the joys of butterball candy and trick or treating. Great fun for kids of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 29, 2010
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We have a great niece who hates to read. I was recommended these particular DiCamillo books as they are beginner readers and surely capture attention. Our niece is old for this book, nearing 10, but the stories are silly, funny and have meaning.

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!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Norther on November 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book was a simple book for kids to read during Halloween season. The story was cute, but not spectacular. The images were adorable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larysa Vdovychenko on September 24, 2014
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This is our third Mercy Watson book, and my daughter is totally enraptured. I love that the characters are recurring throughout the series. The chapters are easily digestible by a 4-year-old, and the illustrations are gorgeous. This book was our first introduction to General Washington the cranky cat, who has become a favorite. I was looking for just the right series for my daughter's level (still needing pictures, but ready to move up to chapter books) and these are perfect. This one in particular is great because it incorporates Halloween and princesses, two of my daughter's favorite things, while not being over-the-top "princesses are beautiful and therefore wonderful."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sonya graske on May 12, 2015
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ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE CHILDRENS STORIES, 7 IN THE SERIES. MERCY WATSON MAKES ME SMILE, I AM ALL GROWED UP, 50 YRS OLD, BUT I LOVE CHILDRENS BOOKS. MY GO TO MANY TIMES, WHEN I AM FEELING DOWN, NEED A SMILE TO LIFT MY SPIRITS. I AM COLLECTING A GAMMYS LIBRARY FOR MY ONE DAY GRANDCHILDREN.
DON'T FORGET TO MAKE TOAST W/ BUTTER. THATS MERCYS FAV :-D
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