Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise (Mercy Watson Series #4)

Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise (Mercy Watson Series #4)

by Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen

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"Halloween was made for carefree Mercy Watson." – School Library Journal

Features an audio read-along! When the Watsons decide to zip their porcine wonder into a formfitting princess dress for Halloween – complete with tiara – they are certain that Mercy will be beautiful beyond compare. Mercy is equally certain she likes the sound of trick-or-treating and can picture piles of buttered toast already. As for the Lincoln Sisters next door, how could they know that their cat would lead them all on a Halloween "parade" of hysterical proportions? Kate DiCamillo’s beguiling pig is back in a tale full of treats, tricky turns, hijinks, and high humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763671433
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Series: Mercy Watson Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,083,153
Lexile: 510L (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 author of The Tale of Despereaux, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor winner; The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award Finalist; and the picture book Great Joy. She lives in Minneapolis.

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.


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: Princess in Disguise 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anitamom More than 1 year ago
My 8-year-old daughter LOVES this series of books and has every one of them now, this was her last purchase. She reads them over and over and over. Great art, and the story is written well for children 4-10 to enjoy I believe and they are just funny and quirky and different than any other series of books. Look forward to more in the series.
Frankleigh More than 1 year ago
I like how it was about Halloween and Eugenia didn't like Halloween. It's funny that Mercy went out a princess. A pig dressed up like a princess, that was hilarious. Baby was nice and did something nice for her neighbors. If you like pigs and princesses you will love this book. (Franklieigh's 3rd grader wrote this review) This is a great beginner chapter book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book proves to kids that you can polish a pig or better yet, dress one up and present it in a better light. My child loves it!
mossing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy Watson is back in another adventure. It's Halloween, and the Watsons have decided to go trick-or-treating. Clad in a beautiful pink princess dress and tiara, Mercy is hoping for some hot buttered toast. When the Watsons stop at the house of the Lincoln sisters, Eugenia denies Mercy any candy, but Baby has a softer heart, bringing the candy to the back door. After a clash between Mercy and the Lincoln sisters' cat, there is a lively chase around the neighborhood, ending with one character stuck in a tree! 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.
adaniel11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: FantasyReview: The author stays true to the genre of fantasy by creating a story that could not take place, yet most of the characters in the story are believable. If you were to replace the character of Mercy Watson (a pig) with a real person, this story would be a believable story about a child who goes trick-or-treating.Character Critic: The character of Mrs. Watson is a flat static character because we know little about the character and she fails to change during the story. She believes that her pig Mercy Watson is perfect and fails to notice all the things Mercy does that makes her far removed from perfect.Media: Gouache
lisabankey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy is a pig that is really treated like child by Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Mrs. Watson decides that Mercy should dress up for Halloween. Mercy decides to cooperate when she hears there are treats involved. Though the confusion is that Mercy was hoping for toast as the treat. This is a simple story that is broken up in small chapters for early readers. Sprinkled through the story are onomatopoeia words. So this story could be used to show how onomatopoeia words are used in writing.
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