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Mercy Watson to the Rescue Paperback – December 22, 2009
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Mercy is a pig who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who treat her as more a member of the family than a pet. When Mercy decides one night that she's too afraid to sleep alone, she crawls into bed with the Watsons. When the bed starts to sink through the Watson's floor, It's Mercy who runs off to find help - sort of!
You simply cannot wait to turn the page and find out why Mercy's doing what she's doing and how it's going to end. The plot twists are fun and logical, while matter-of-fact and unexpected. The illustrations are utterly charming. It's recommended for readers 6-8, but it really is fun for the whole family.
I can't wait to see what Mercy will do next!
This was a fun book to read. The chapters flowed very well together. I kept thinking to myself that if I were a younger reader (ages 6-8), I would probably feel very grown-up reading this book, because it's the same size as adult books, but the font is bigger, and there are a lot of great illustrations to help tell the story.
I also enjoyed the personification of Mercy, the pig, who was portrayed as a member of the Watson family, who sleeps in her own bed, in her own room, and her owners are more like her parents. Children can relate to this depiction more easily. Mercy has childish qualities, such as being afraid of the dark and climbing into bed with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. She has a favorite food, which she even dreams about. She has a favorite nieghbor, because Baby Lincoln is nice to Mercy and shares cookies with her.
Some silly tones in this book include Baby Lincoln's older sister who lives with her, who is the antgonist to Mercy. She believes pigs belong on a farm, not in thier own bed, or at the kitchen table eating toast. There is a funny twist to this story that leads Mercy to be a hero in her owner's eyes, but not
necessarily Mercy's intent.....
The early reader could easily get attached to Mercy and her adventures, and I like that her story continues in other books as well.
Mercy, the pig, is a single-minded, simple creature. His love for hot buttered toast and his quest to find a snack sets the stage for all kinds of adventure. When Mercy jumps into bed with his owners, the Watsons, the bed begins sinking into the floor. The Watsons think Mercy is running for help when he jumps off the bed. What they don't know is that he is hunting for hot buttered toast. Mercy sets off late at night through the neighborhood and stirs up all kinds of trouble. Will Mercy get help for the Watsons, or will he just fulfill his late night craving for toast?
Mercy meets up with kind Baby Lincoln and her cranky older sister, Eugenia Lincoln, on his late night travels. MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE is filled with plenty of good clean fun and hijinks. It is short enough to be enjoyed in one evening like a picture book or spread out over several evenings if a young child is just learning to read.
Kate DiCamillo is a very talented and versatile author. This new series about Mercy is aimed at a much younger audience than her previous novels, which include the much loved BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE and the Newbery Award-winning THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX. I think that younger readers will enjoy her storytelling just as much as older elementary school kids have. Chris Van Dusen adds to the enjoyment of the story with his colorful, sunny illustrations, which bring the character of Mercy to life.
Young readers will gobble up each new installment of this series just like Mercy gobbles up his hot buttered toast every morning.
--- Reviewed by Renee Kirchner (email@example.com)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We loved this book! Mercy is a funny character. She loves toast with a great deal of butter on it. This is funny because she is a pig and toast is the only thing she thinks... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mrs. Negrete's Wildcats
One of my child's favorite series. Only problem is the words were to small for us to read and we couldn't get it to zoom in.Published 25 days ago by Elizabeth Gorman
KD Camillo at her illustrator are a great combination. His books are a colorful heirloomPublished 1 month ago by dntlheeb
Do you like funny books? If you like funny books you will like Mercy Watson. You should read the book Mercy Watson. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a cute story, with only a few minor flaws. I like Mercy and her butter toasted obsession, the fact she can't speak (being a pig), and the sisters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by empress8411
We read Mercy Watson to the Rescue as a second grade class. The majority of our class really liked this book! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jen