Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (Mercy Watson Series #2)

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (Mercy Watson Series #2)

by Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen

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Overview

The NEW YORK TIMES best-selling porcine wonder finds herself behind the wheel in this hilarious adventure now available as an e-book. (Ages 6 - 8)

Features an audio read-along! Mr. and Mrs. Watson's porcine wonder, Mercy, loves nothing more than a ride in the car. It takes a fair amount of nudging and bribing and a "You are such a good sport, darling" to get the portly pig out of the driver's seat, but once the convertible is on the road, Mercy loves the feel of the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. One day the Watsons' motoring ritual takes an unexpected turn, however, when their 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! Soon there's a policeman on her tail, a struggle for the brake, and a blissfully airborne Mercy. Of course, it's nothing that an extra helping of buttered toast can't fix! Includes an audio read along!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763668167
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Series: Mercy Watson Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 307,410
Lexile: 390L (what's this?)
File size: 27 MB
Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

KATE DICAMILLO is the award-winning author of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, THE TIGER RISING, and THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEYOF EDWARD TULANE. She says, "A long time ago, my best friend's son, Luke Bailey, put a toy pig in a toy car and pushed the car around the living room, screaming, 'Look, look, pig taking a ride! Pig taking a ride!' During the next few hours, this phrase was repeated with such shocking volume and intensity that it took up permanent residence in my brain. MERCY WATSON GOES FOR A RIDE is the direct product of Luke's obsession and mine, a decade or so after the fact. Look, Luke, pig taking a ride!"

CHRIS VAN DUSEN illustrated the first book in the Mercy Watson series, MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE. He says, "I have four brothers (no sisters!), and cars were a big part of my upbringing. So when I read this story about a wild car ride, I couldn't wait to get started. I made the Watson convertible a 1959 because I love old cars with lots of chrome, fins, and style. It was also great to visit these characters again. We're becoming good friends!"


The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. 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.”

Her second novel, The Tiger Rising, went on to become a National Book Award Finalist. Since then, the master storyteller has written for a wide range of ages. She is the author of six books in the Mercy Watson series of early chapter books, which stars a “porcine wonder” with an obsession for buttered toast. The second book in the series, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book by the American Library Association in 2007. She is also the co-author of the Bink and Gollie series, which celebrates the tall and short of a marvelous friendship. The first book, Bink&Gollie, was awarded the Theodor Seuss Giesel Award in 2011.
She also wrote a luminous holiday picture book, Great Joy.

Her novel Flora&Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures won the 2014 Newbery Medal. It was released in fall 2013 to great acclaim, including five starred reviews, and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Flora&Ulysses is 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 illustrations, all rendered in black and white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell. It was a 2013 Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner and was chosen by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Common Sense Media as a Best Book of the Year.

Kate DiCamillo, who was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
an easier to read chapter book series, for lower readers but who are anxious to get to read chapter books. Nicely illustrated, exciting and funny.
mossing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy and Mr. Watson go for a ride in Mr. Watson's convertible every Saturday. It always starts the same way. Mercy wants to drive, and Mrs. Watson has to bribe her with hot buttered toast to sit in the passenger seat. The Lincoln sisters look on with a mixture of disapproval and wonder. This Saturday, however, Baby Lincoln sneaks into the backseat for a ride, and when Mr. Watson is momentarily distracted on the drive, Mercy jumps right into the driver's seat! Simple, easy-to-read sentences make this book appropriate for beginning chapter book readers. The full-color cartoon gouache illustrations provide textual cues and enhance the playfulness of the story and clearly depict the actions and emotions of the characters. Ages 5-8. Recommended purchase.
MrsBond on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute easy reader.
runner_roader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second story about Mercy Watson, a pig that lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson and who absolutely adores hot buttered toast. Mercy enjoys car rides and wishes to drive the car just like Mr. Watson. One day, Mercy sees an opportunity and literally jumps into Mr. Watson's lap to drive the car.The right amount of pictures allow the reader to visualize the police officer chasing after the pink convertible and Mr. Watson trying to get his eager pig off his lap. Fun and entertaining, the children will laugh out loud as Office Tomilello looks at the driver and the driver oinks at him. Great story to share with children when discussing the laws and the importance of using a seat belt while riding in a car.
jscheper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of the Watson's and their pig named Mercy. Every Saturday the Watson's eat breakfast together and then Mr. Watson goes for a car ride. Every Saturday Mercy gets behind the wheel and Mr. Watson fights to move him over so he could drive. And every saturday their nosey neighbors, the Lincoln sisters, watch the "folly". Then one saturday things go a bit different. The illustrations are excellent in this early reader. Very vibrant and full of character. The story is super adorable. The Watson's and Mercy are great characters with lots of trouble to get into. This would be a great series to introduce to young children, so they can enjoy reading. This is a very simple story that could also be read aloud in class. Toddlers would also love to follow the misadventures. A great find.
jasmine84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book about a pig that live with this couple. He love to drive the car but he cant. One day he drive along with his master and the accident happen to the pig but everyone is ok and the pig learn a big lession. The art is cute and pretty.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Mercy Watson! I'm an unabashed fan. In this lovely title, Mercy and Mr. and Mrs. Watson have their special Saturday lunch, and then afterwards, Mr. Watson and Mercy go for a ride in his (awesome) pink convertible. Mercy wants to drive, so she hops in the driver's seat; Mr. Watson needs Mrs. Watson to come out and bribe Mercy with the promise of more hot buttered toast in order to get her to move. The image of Mercy looking all sly and conniving while sitting in the driver's seat is absolutely beautiful and hysterical. Eventually during their drive, Mercy DOES get to drive, to a great and calamitous ending for the story involving a pig flying. Once again, everyone ends up satisfactorily happy, munching on hot buttered toast.
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dicamillo presents a story with a quick pace and ample humor. It is an excellent choice for a young reader, as the wild adventure is unpredictable and spirited. The illustrations support the text and clearly convey the emotions and actions of character.
NR3 More than 1 year ago
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.
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jrcmom More than 1 year ago
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.
ReaderMomMC More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.