Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson Series #1)

Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson Series #1)


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Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson Series #1) by Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen

The first adventure of this NEW YORK TIMES best-selling porcine wonder is now available in paperback. (Ages 6 - 8)

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig – she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons' bed. BOOM! CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through the floor, Mercy escapes in a flash – "to alert the fire department," her owners assure themselves. But could Mercy possibly have another emergency in mind – like a sudden craving for their neighbors' sugar cookies? Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson – an ebullient new character for early chapter-book readers in a series that's destined to be a classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763645045
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Series: Mercy Watson Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 9,631
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile: 450L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About 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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Mercy Watson to the Rescue 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReadAloudDad-Blogspot-Com More than 1 year ago
The real star of the Mercy Watson series is without a doubt illustrator Chris Van Dusen. I almost feel as if I am sinning when I say that the first Mercy Watson book is not an obligatory buy. Alas, the story isn't strong enough to keep up with the fine illustrations. Despite Kate DiCamillo's good effort, the first Mercy Watson story almost falls flat, were it not for Van Dusen's marvelous pictures. It is simply such a fabulous book to look through and your eyes will feast on the pictures from page 1 all the way to page 80. Van Dusen's art work is much stronger in his own picture books A Camping Spree with Mr Magee, Down to the Sea with Mr Magee, and his two knock-out editions - If I Built a Car and The Circus Ship. The language in Mercy Watson to the Rescue is a bit stilted and although we all wanted to love it, it was not really love at first sight. Both my kids and I fell in love with the idea of a pig that loves buttered toast and her selfless owners. And such a cute pig too. But if you want to splash your cash on one or two Mercy Watson books, better ones followed after this one. Also, make sure to glance at the Mercy Watson: Three-Treat Collection: Slipcased Gift Set, which consists of the first three Mercy Watson books at a lower price than the combined price of all three (were you to buy them individually). In short, loan this one from the library to introduce your kids to Mercy Watson and the inimitable Chris Van Dusen. But save your cash for DiCamillo's and Van Dusen's better works. VERDICT: GET YOUR LIBRARY CARD OUT! ReadAloudDad(.)Blogspot(.)Com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old daughter read the book in less than 30 minutes. She loved the story and can't wait for more Mercy Watson books to land in the bookstores.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have now ordered the rest of these books because my kids loved this one. It has just the right words/picture ratio, vocabulary, and subtlety of humor for almost-readers. We also recommend the author's book about the adventures of Louise the chicken.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My second grade class loves having these books read to them for read aloud. They are wonderfully entertaining stories that also provide lots of teaching examples for early readers and writers. The illustrations are superbly done. I also love that the books are done in chapters. It makes them more appealing to young children, and their parents, who all to soon and too often believe that reading a non-chapter book is too easy for them. I see too many children reading pages of words in thick books that they do not comprehend. These books are great in many ways. Thank you Kate and Mercy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mercy Watson is a great book for first graders. My daughter read this aloud to me, with a little help, and she loved it. The illustrations are great also. The story line really moves along and kept her interest. The writer also repeats new vocabulary words in an engaging way, which gets the young reader to recognize the new words readily. I am glad this is a series and we'll definitely be reading more about the 'porcine wonder.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my youngest daughter and she is crazy about it. It is a chapter book, but she stayed interested until the end and she is only 3 years old. I would suggest this book for anyone. It is so cute and funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mercy is a fun and cutest pig. The story is hilarious and the illustrations are delightful. I can't wait to get to the end of the story and start all over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kate Di Camillo is a very versatile author. On the heels of several books geared towards an upper-elementary audience, this book is written for the younger set. Or is it? It took me only a short time to read this delightful little book and I can understand why Max, the precocious 2- year old son of the author's best friend, insists upon hearing it read aloud EVERY night... 'much to his mother's chagrin,' reports Kate. (Chagrin because it is longer than the conventional picture book.) Mercy is a real character study. She is a simple little pig, much adored by her family. Chris Van Dusen's illustrations show Mercy as the center of attention: In the pictures on the walls, in the house, and even with her OWN bedroom, complete with bed and all the amenities of a middle class childhood. A series of events make up the story for this book, the first volume in what looks like a future series from the Di Camillo and Van Dusen partnership. Mercy will have many adventures because everything she does HAPPENS to work out for a very tidy ending and there is lots of humor to keep the story interesting. I wonder if Mercy was named because it could be construed as short or 'mercenary.' Mercy has one great love in life, and that is hot buttered toast. The higher the stack, the better. She dreams of it. She craves it. It is this single-minded pursuit of hot buttered toast that sets this book in motion - after, of course, she causes a bed to ALMOST fall through the floor with her human 'parents' on board, and a neighbor to mistake her for a monster.
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Ma-verite More than 1 year ago
Funny and educational.
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JAMD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.  My favorite characters are Mercy and Eugena Lincoln.  Their relationship isn't the best but it provides alot of comedy.  The story is fascinating and I couldn't put it down.  I read the whole thing in one sitting! I am a 2nd grader who loves to read!
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