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Mercy Watson Fights Crime (Mercy Watson Series #3)

Mercy Watson Fights Crime (Mercy Watson Series #3)

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by Kate DiCamillo

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Features an audio read along! Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he’s just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons’ kitchen right this minute! But little does he know that a certain pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that a comedy of


Features an audio read along! Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he’s just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons’ kitchen right this minute! But little does he know that a certain pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that a comedy of errors will soon lead this little man on the wild and raucous rodeo ride he’s always dreamed of! Nosy neighbors, astonished firemen, a puzzled policeman, and the ever-doting Watsons return for a hilarious adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Larry Ninker wants to move up the job ladder, but most people would regard his dream as a bit too ambitious: After all, how many small-town thieves crawl up the rung to become professional cowboys? Into the thicket of Larry's professional problems stumbles one plump, tired, hungry pig. Mercy Watson's many fans will chuckle through this entire porcine adventure.
Publishers Weekly
Back in a third adventure, the plucky porker catches a thief in the midst of robbing the Watsons' kitchen in Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Chris Van Dusen. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Wendy Glenn
In this third tale surrounding the buttered toast-loving porcine, Mercy Watson succeeds in catching her first criminal. One night, after the Watsons and their pig are sound asleep, Leroy Ninker, a small man passing the time as a thief while dreaming of being a cowboy, enters their home. Leroy, in his attempt to load up the toaster, awakens Mercy. She comes downstairs to investigate. When sleepy Mercy learns that no toast is being made, she plops down in the kitchen and blocks Leroy's exit door. Before attempting to head out, Leroy pops a piece of Butter Barrel candy into his mouth, sending a delicious aroma into the air, one that Mercy cannot resist waking up to explore. As the story progresses, Leroy ends up riding Mercy's back, the neighboring Lincoln Sisters end up on the lawn wearing their nightgowns and wondering about the effects of pie before dinner, a police officer and two fire fighters end up witnessing the capture of a not-so-bad guy, Leroy Ninker ends up seeking to reform himself, and the Watsons end up offering up a snack of buttered toast to all involved. Filled with humorous language and clever plot twists, Mercy's third adventure is sure to lure and sustain young readers. The illustrations, done in gouache, are colorful and playful, rendering these fictional characters as larger-than-life members of a comfortably unusual community.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Another rollicking adventure starring the porcine wonder. One night, Mercy awakes to the sound of the toaster scraping along the kitchen counter, which can only mean one thing-someone is making toast. Her life revolves around hot buttered toast, so she heads for the kitchen. There she finds a little man in a ten-gallon hat stealing the toaster along with other household items. Hilarity ensues, and all of the familiar characters from the previous books make appearances. Humor abounds in this tale, both the slapstick and more subtle variety, which will keep newly independent readers turning the pages. DiCamillo has creatively woven in the elements that a good easy reader should have: repetition, simple sentence structure, and controlled vocabulary. Van Dusen's stylized illustrations enhance the action through their bright colors and exaggerated appearances of the humans. A great addition.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Mercy is back in this fun third installment of merrymaking, buttered-toast eating, and crime solving. When she's awakened by the sound of the toaster being dragged across the counter, she discovers a cowboy named Leroy walking off with a sackful of kitchen loot. Exhaustion gets the better of the porcine wonder and she settles down for a nap while Leroy settles down to some serious stealing. When Leroy opens up a butter-barrel candy, our butter-loving heroine wakes and gives Leroy a pig-bronco ride as she searches for the source of the butter smell. Of course, neighbors Eugenia and Baby Lincoln get in on the act and soon the firefighters and Officer Tomilello do too. A snack of toast with a great deal of butter follows for all. Silly crime-solving for the growing number of Mercy's young fans moving on from easy readers. (Fiction. 6-8)

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Mercy Watson Series , #3
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Sales rank:
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File size:
22 MB
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Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
March 25, 1964
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Mercy Watson Fights Crime 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Janak More than 1 year ago
My two kids love this book series by Chris Van Dusen and Kate DiCamillo. The illustrations in the book are fun, well drawn and very bright and colorful. As a parent who is also an artist I am drawn to books with well executed art work. This book was easy enough for my 2nd grader to read. This book also counted towards his school "AR" book reading program. I would recommend "Mercy Watson Fights Crime" to anyone with a young boy or girl, and also check out the other books in the Mercy Watson series, you will not be disappointed at all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a grrat book for kids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson used his gift card to get this book. He has books 1-4 and wanted to get the story book 6.