Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (Mercy Watson Series #2)by Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen
Mercy loves nothing more than a ride in the convertible, with the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. But one day the Watsons’ elderly neighbor Baby Lincoln pops up in the backseat in hopes of some “folly and adventure” — and in the/b>/i>
It’s the best thing since buttered toast — Mercy Watson in paperback!
Mercy loves nothing more than a ride in the convertible, with the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. But one day the Watsons’ elderly neighbor Baby Lincoln pops up in the backseat in hopes of some “folly and adventure” — and in the chaos that ensues, an exuberant Mercy ends up behind the wheel!
Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
Meet the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, which received the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, which received a Newbery Honor; and THE TIGER RISING, which was named a National Book Award Finalist. She says, "Mercy Watson had been in my head for a long time, but I couldn't figure out how to tell her story. One day, my friend Alison was going on and on and on about the many virtues of toast. As I listened to her, I could see Mercy nodding in emphatic agreement. Sometimes you don't truly understand a character until you know what she loves above all else."
Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of DOWN TO THE SEA WITH MR. MAGEE, A CAMPING SPREE WITH MR. MAGEE, and IF I BUILT A CAR. He says, "When I first read Mercy Watson to the Rescue, the characters were very vivid in my mind, and they just came to life when I started painting. This is exactly the type of story I love to illustrate – a wonderfully silly adventure with lots of action." This is his first book with Candlewick Press.
- 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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if your young reader is moving from picture books to those with more words and few if any illustrations, MERCY is just the ticket. Wonderful stories in short chapter form, illustrations bordering on genius. I can't say enough
Mercy Watson and all the characters in these books are so funny and enjoyable to read. Parents will have a great time lending the voices to these hilarious characters when reading to younger children, and early readers will enjoy this great transition from picture book to early chapter book. We got this book when my son was almost 6 and it was a perfect book as his reading skill progressed. Once you read one Mercy Watson story, you'll want to read all the rest.
My daughter received this book for her 6th birthday and now we have the entire Mercy Watson series. This book is entertaining for both children and parents. The story is simple enough for a 6 or 7 year old to follow. The vocabulary is appropriate for grade level with a few difficult words thrown in. Enough to challenge, but not overwhelm. The characters are funny. We love Mercy.
Our family loves Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen, so when we ran across this book, we had to have it! My five-year old sat through half of it the first night and the second half the following night. It's a bit too long to be a "bedtime book" but the verse is cute and the characters are hysterical. And you just can't beat Van Dusen's illustrations. I would probably recommend this more for a first or second grader.
Mercy a pig gets to go on a ride with Mr.Watson.Every Saturday its the same thing Mercy wants to drive & no matter how hard Mr.Watson pushes he can't get Mercy into the passenger seat.So Mrs.Watson has to offer Mercy extra buttered toast when they get home (Mercy LOVES buttered toast!).Until one Saturday something Amazing happens....
My son is a pre-reader and really enjoys chapter books. This series is so enjoyable for both of us - he loves the story and the illustrations, I love the pig! I totally recommend this to readers and non-readers.