Mercy Watson Fights Crime (Mercy Watson Series #3)

Mercy Watson Fights Crime (Mercy Watson Series #3)

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Mercy's back for a third rollicking adventure!

Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he's just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons' kitchen right this minute! As he drags the toaster across the counter – screeeeeech – and drops it into his bag – clannngggg – little does he know that a certain large pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that comedy of errors (not to mention the buttery sweets in his pocket) will soon lead this little man on the wild and raucous rodeo ride he's always dreamed of! Nosy neighbors, astonished firemen, a puzzled policeman, and the ever-doting Watsons return for a new tongue-in-snout adventure about Kate DiCamillo's delightfully single-minded pig.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606149273
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 06/28/2010
Series: Mercy Watson Series , #3
Edition description: Bound for Schools & Libraries ed.
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of the first two stories starring the porcine wonder, Mercy Watson to the Rescue and Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. She is also the author of The Tale of Despereaux, which won the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Chris Van Dusen
 illustrates the Mercy Watson series with a nostalgic comic flair. He also writes and illustrates picture books. Chris lives in Maine, USA.


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 Fights Crime 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Janak More than 1 year ago
My two kids love this book series by Chris Van Dusen and Kate DiCamillo. The illustrations in the book are fun, well drawn and very bright and colorful. As a parent who is also an artist I am drawn to books with well executed art work. This book was easy enough for my 2nd grader to read. This book also counted towards his school "AR" book reading program. I would recommend "Mercy Watson Fights Crime" to anyone with a young boy or girl, and also check out the other books in the Mercy Watson series, you will not be disappointed at all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a grrat book for kids
HilarySI624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy Watson interrupts a burglary-in-progress in her own home and takes the thief (who wants to be a cowboy) on a wild ride in search of butter. Kate DiCamillo's simple text conceals a magnificent amount of delightful detail and depth of characterization. Even readers who are not familiar with Mercy's exploits will quickly come to understand that she has had adventures involving the firemen, policemen, and the Lincoln sisters. Through sixteen chapters DiCamillo also manages to keep readers interested in learning what happens next. Each chapter ends with a mini cliffhanger (such as Mercy heading downstairs when the reader knows the thief is in the kitchen) or a funny situation. The illustrations by Chris Van Dusen have a shiny three-dimensional cartoon quality that brings to mind modern digital animation -- a style children are familiar with and enjoy. Public and school media libraries will find this book indispensable to their transitional book collection.
runner_roader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy the pig and her love of toast help catch a thief in this funny story of an obsessed pig after some tasty hot buttered toast. Leroy Ninker doesn't know what he's gotten himself into by trying to steal the toaster from the Watson's house on 54 Deckawoo Drive. My daughters and I laughed all the way through this story. Kate DiCamillo knows just how to get the reader excited for the next story about Mercy Watson.Nice collection of stories for students to have read to them or read on their own.
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A delightfully wacky story about a the Watsons and their pet pig Mercy who lives and sleeps in the house with them and one night intercepts by accident the cowboy marauder, Leroy Ninker. It is of course Mercy who by her very pigness saves the day. This story is silly and simple and fun for new readers. The expressive nature of the characters add a lot to the comedy of errors in the story.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy wakes up one night hearing noises, the srceech of the toaster being moved and the clank of the toaster being pushed down. Someone must be making toast! So off she goes but instead she discovers a tiny little man, Leroy, who wants to be a cowboy but has become a thief instead. Mercy and Leroy end up having fun together in the middle of the night but the neighbours don't agree and the police and firemen are called out to the disturbance. Another cute story but this time we just didn't seem to feel the exuberance of the previous two books. No complaints, it just didn't have any laugh out loud moments for us. Perhaps because this one goes a little too far overboard by bringing a human being into Mercy's antics, just a thought, as we didn't find Leroy an enjoyable character at all. But still cute, just not up to par with Books 1 and 2.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Mercy Watson, but I have to say I didn't love this one quite as much as the first two. In this one, there's a wannabe cowboy robber who gets surprised by Mercy when he's in the process of robbing the Watsons. He ends up riding Mercy and, through a series of misadventures, gets caught by the cops. I love most of the characters in the Mercy Watson books because they seem to be so organic to the setting and the story. But a short, wannabe-cowboy thief doesn't seem very organic to me! However, Mercy is still adorable, the illustrations are magnificent, the language is perfect easy-reader material, and all in all, it's very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson used his gift card to get this book. He has books 1-4 and wanted to get the story book 6.