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

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Book 4 of 6 in the Mercy Watson Series

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo's writing, and no matter their nationality or age, readers around the world have come to appreciate and anticipate the messages of shared humanity and connectedness in her work.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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