Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig (Mercy Watson Series #5)

Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig (Mercy Watson Series #5)

by Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen

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Can Mercy Watson outwit . . . Animal Control? The porcine wonder’s on the lam in her latest tongue-in-snout adventure!

Features an audio read-along! Mercy's appetite has got her into trouble again. When Eugenia Lincoln's pansies go missing, Animal Control Officer Francine Poulet arrives on the scene. But as she soon discovers, not just anyone can think like a pig. Especially when that pig is porcine wonder Mercy Watson!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763674908
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Series: Mercy Watson Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 560,790
Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
File size: 28 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of King Hugo's Huge Ego and The Circus Ship, and the illustrator of the best-selling Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. He lives in Maine.

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 Thinks Like a Pig 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
May_Dawson More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book. She loves all of the Mercy Watson series, actually, but this book she reads by herself to help fall asleep at night. I cannot say enough about how connected she is to this book. It is outstanding, and she has enjoyed reading then since she was 6. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never thought of toast the same way after reading this books with my daughter. The Mercy Watson books all have strong characters, hilarious hijinks, and happy endings. This series is another home run for Kate DiCamillo as far as I'm concerned.
NR3 More than 1 year ago
This is one of our family's favorites in the Mercy Watson series. The scenes with animal control officer are laugh out loud fun! A great illustrated chapter book that is sure to entertain!
jodyjlittle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Watson family loves their pet pig, Mercy, but the next door neighbor, Eugenia Lincoln does not. When Mercy eats all Eugenia's newly planted flowers, she decides she has had enough with this pig and she calls Animal Conrol to come take Mercy away. Animal Control Officer, Francine Poulet, has never dealt with a pig and she is excited about this job. When she arrives at the Watson's they tell Francine that an "unmentionable horror" has occured. Mercy is missing! Francine searches high and low for the pig and finally she spies a tea party with two children and a PIG! Francine is so shocked, she falls onto the tea table right on her head causing the children and Mercy to shriek! The Watson's hear the commotion and are thrilled that Mercy is safe. They tell Francine she is the best Animal Control Officer ever and they celebrate with buttered toast for everyone!
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy is in a lot of trouble this time when she ventures over to the Lincoln sister's yard and starts to eat the pansies that Eugenia has just planted. Well, Eugenia has finally had it and calls the Animal Control Officer to come collect this menace of pig. Another cute story that had a few really funny moments but didn't make it as one of our favourites. Though we really did enjoy Eugenia finally blowing her top big time. The other books seemed to lead us to thinking that one day she would just have had enough. Characters introduced in the last book return and the familiar faces are always a joy to see. Though their were a few really funny bits, mostly this story just didn't tickle our funny bone as much as other in the series have. A good chapter in Mercy's life, just not a great one.
adaniel11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: FantasyReview: The author stays true to the genre of fantasy because the main character in the story is a pig named Mercy Watson. Mercy is a toast with butter loving pig. She is always getting herself into some kind of trouble that the firemen in the neighborhood must save her from.Critic: Eugenia is a flat static character that we do not have any background on and who does not change throughout the story. She can not stand Mercy and despite everyone telling her that she should like her, she still hates her in the end of the story. Media: Gouache
KarinKath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Mercy Watson series is a picture first chapter book for children. With an interesting cast of characters it is beautifully illustrated and much loved in our family.
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