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Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig Hardcover – July 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mercy Watson
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763632651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763632656
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—In this installment, the porcine protagonist outrages the Lincoln sisters when she sneaks through their hedge and eats their newly planted pansies. Eugenia Lincoln calls animal control, and Officer Francine Poulet shows up determined to "think like a pig" and catch the culprit. Chaos ensues, and the porker escapes to enjoy another day of buttered toast. Fans of the series will welcome this addition to Mercy's adventures and be amused by the hyperbolic quality of Van Dusen's color illustrations.—Farida S. Dowler, formerly at Mercer Island Library, WA
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From Booklist

The fifth in the series featuring troublesome Mercy finds the pig relaxing out back while elderly sisters Eugenia and Baby Lincoln are busy planting petunias. Unfortunately, Mercy is lured by the delectable flowers, munching them almost as fast as the sisters plant. Eugenia is so angry she calls animal control, and soon Officer Francine Poulet is on the way. This tale takes the focus off Mercy a bit, giving children the opportunity to connect with some of the other characters, including the intrepid Poulet. As usual, Van Dusen’s shiny, stylized artwork captures all the fun of Mercy’s capers. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper

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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They are fun chapter books that we read aloud together.
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The stories are perfect for preschoolers through elementary ages (and fun for adults to read to their kids, too!).
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My 6 and 5 year old girls love these books, and I enjoy them just as much as they do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Dunham-LaGree on November 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig is the fifth book in the Mercy Watson series. I confess Chris Van Dusen's illustrations captured my attention first, but the combination of the story and the illustrations was perfect. The book itself is exactly what early chapter books should be: a combination of the familiar picture book and the soon-to-be familiar chapter book. The illustrations and font size are consistent with a picture book, but the page size and length are consistent with chapter books. Most importantly, the story and illustrations are delightful.

Mercy Watson is adorably precocious and utterly porcine. While Mercy is enjoying some fresh lemonade with her owners/parents, she smells fresh pansies and promptly wanders next door to eat them because they taste as good as they smell. Naturally, the neighbors are not pleased and call animal control. Hijinks ensue. DiCamillo mostly tells the story through simple words and phrases, but she also slips in more complex words, such as porcine, subtly. She deftly uses them in context that makes them clear to young readers. While these books are the perfect transition book from picture books to chapter books, they would also make excellent read aloud books for younger children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HPNutter on December 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My children all love Mercy Watson, the stories are fun and entertaining and the pictures are beautiful. It was so funny when my seven year old called her brother a Porcine Wonder and he had to read the book to know what his little sister was talking about. Well worth the cost of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mr. and Mrs. Watson and their porcine wonder, Mercy, are lounging out on the patio, sipping icy lemonade on a gorgeous sunny day. Meanwhile, Baby Lincoln and (Boo! Hiss!) crabby Eugenia Lincoln are about to prove that, even though they live next door to a pig, their lives are still gracious. Eugenia insists they beautify their yard by planting flowers. The long-suffering Baby begins digging away.

Mercy smells something yummy from her lounge chair. The scent pulls her into the Lincoln sisters' yard, where she discovers that the newly planted posies not only smell scrumptious, they taste fabulous as well. Of course, Mercy can't stop at just one flower. She keeps eating and eating.

When Eugenia decides to admire their gardening handiwork, she realizes that the flowers are gone and then finds Mercy with pansy petals on her chin. Eugenia chases Mercy while Baby fills the Watsons in. Mrs. Watson decides that poor Mercy is hungry, so she calls her in for a buttered toast snack.

To Baby's horror, her sister is furious. Eugenia declares that she is ready to take extreme measures. She calls Animal Control Officer Francine Poulet. And, while Mercy is sleeping off her toast gluttony and the Watsons comment contentedly on what a calm day they're enjoying, Baby Lincoln sneaks over to warn them that (gasp!) an "Unmentionable Horror" is on its way.

Meanwhile, Mercy's neighbors, Stella and Frank, lure Mercy over to a tea party by telling her that they will serve huge chunks of cake, cream puffs and cheese toast --- not to mention the éclairs, pancakes and enchiladas on the menu.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kyle on November 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We just love these books!!! I can read this from cover to cover in one sitting to my boys. They are entertaining and holds the kids attention. The pics are great too. All of the Mercy Watson books are great.
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Mercy Watson, a "porcine wonder" finds herself, in this story, hunted by animal control officer, Francine Poulet. Mercy's owners, Mr. and Mrs. Watson spoil Mercy and when she gets into mischief in this story by eating all the pansy's that Eugenia and Baby Lincoln, the next door neighbors have just planted, don't apologize but just say "She must be hungry" and offer Mercy her favorite food, toast with lots of butter.

Needless to say, Eugenia Lincoln is rather cross and calls animal control. Hearing this, her sister Baby, goes around to the Watsons to let them know about the "unmentionable horror"' that is about to happen! In the meantime, two neighborhood children have come to invite Mercy to a tea party which Mercy willingly goes to thinking there will be more delicious food for her.

Read the book to see what happens. Will Francine Poulet find Mercy?

For some reason our kids LOVE this book and want it read repeatedly. While I do see the humor in it, its simplicity and constant repeating of the same people's names gets a tad monotonous and makes the story longer than it needs to be. The illustrations are fabulous and definitely help with the appeal of this book.
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I bought these books (this is the fourth one we've read) because the pictures were nice and they had chapters. That's it. I have been so, so impressed with them. The characters are funny and run throughout the series, the pig is mischievous, the pictures really are beautiful. Each night, we read two chapters (the chapters are a bit short) and then my daughter spends several minutes looking over the pictures, trying to recreate the story or figure out what happens next. I just bought the other two books in the series, and we will be sad when we are done with them.
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