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

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


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It’s the best thing since buttered toast — Mercy Watson in paperback!

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she’s a porcine wonder. And to the 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!

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: 554
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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 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.
MesserPicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute story about a family with a live in pig, Mercy. I think this would be a great easy chapter book to start a young reader. This would be a great way to start slow and get a younger reader slowly into chapter books, without overwhelming them with how a chapter book looks. There are certain young readers, who would fit this book perfectly.
SingDaisy18 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great read for children just learning how to read. The story is simple and entertaining.
sskatherine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun little illustrated chapter book. The illustrations are bright and well styled for the story. The story is simple enough that a young reader (1st or 2nd grade) would have little trouble with it, and the mood of the writing is lighthearted. It would be fun to read this aloud, as I think students would find it humorous. The only aspect I did not like was that Mercy herself was so wrapped up in her desire to eat buttered toast, that she did not notice Mr. and Mrs. Watson's danger - she helped them inadvertently as she was seeking to fulfill her need for toast.
JusticeEvans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy Watson is a great transitional book for readers moving to less pictures and more words. While the pages are filled with illustration, there are a lot of words to be read, as well. Mercy is a funny pig who defies everybody's expectations at all times.Great for an extended read aloud time, for improving readers to take up on their own and for discussion of narrative events.
helenpeynado on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute story about a pig that rescues her parents, all in the name of buttered toast and cookies. Cute.
ericarhenry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute book about a couple with a pig, Mercy. Mercy sneaks into bed with them at night and they are all so heavy that they get stuck in the floor with the bed threatening to crash through. Mercy makes a run for it and runs next door for food. The neighbor calls the fire department and Mercy's parents are saved when they arrive. This is a pretty cute entertaining early chapter book for kids. Mercy is a very cute character who obviously is only thinking about toast with lots of hot butter on it during the whole story. The illustartions are very cute too and Mercy is given lots of expression. I would include this in my classroom library. its' entertaining for hte younger kids.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Throughout this story the reader is able to get inside Mercy's head to see what she is thinking and doing. This quality of the story makes this a good example of a fantasy. This book also has a wonderful plot, which is full of humor and story twists. Having this good of a plot makes the book very engaging and interesting to students.
michelleknudsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet and funny read. I like the technique DiCamillo used of letting the reader know things the characters don¿t know (e.g., that Mercy is off in search of snacks, not help), which lets us be in on the joke and makes us feel almost like accomplices in the story.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I was waiting until my son could read this series on his own but he's not there yet and if we wait any longer the stories will be too young for him. I have the newest book (#6) to review, so I thought we might as well start the series now from the beginning as a read aloud.Comments: Mercy is the pet pig of the Watson's and they treat her just as if she was their child. One night as they are all sleeping in bed together, (Mercy is afraid of the dark) the bed starts to fall through the floor. The Watson's are stranded on the bed as it slowly sinks through the floor. Mercy jumps out of bed looking for her breakfast (or maybe to get help?) causing a rumpus as she goes and eventually the fire department is called out.A delightful story! Really, I expected this to be fun but Mercy more than met my expectations. A really cute, funny story for up to about age 8 or 9. Perfect for children who can read but still need colourful pictures. The illustrations are wonderful! My son was especially taken by the facial expressions and laughed away with the story. My favourite character was Eugenia Lincoln, one of the elderly ladies who live next door, she believes pigs belong on farms. Ds liked her sister Baby Lincoln, simply because he couldn't get over the fact that an old lady was named Baby! Lots of fun. Don't let your kid's miss out on this series.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. and Mrs. Watson have a pet pig named Mercy. She's the most adorable and best pig ever - they treat her like their child. They sing her to sleep, kiss her goodnight, she sleeps in a bed - adorable! She also LOVES hot buttered toast - it's her favorite snack. The Mercy Watson books make a great early-reader series - the vocabulary is not too advanced, there's tons of repetition, and most importantly to an adult who is listening or helping read along, these books are funny. Mercy and Mr. and Mrs. Watson are lovable, the scrapes they get themselves into are hysterical, their neighbors are quite the characters themselves. All in all, perfect. Also, the illustrations, with a seemingly-Southern inspired retro-flair, are super. I honestly couldn't picture Mercy in any other way. I love the slight sheen on every body's rosy-apple cheeks and chin.
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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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