Friday, September 19, 2008

Mercy Watson, porcine wonder

Even though my children are well past the stage in their reading abilities of sounding out the words as they did with the first Mercy Watson book, aided by Chris Van Dusen's charmingly whimsical illustrations, they are still delighted when I bring a new book in the series home from the library.

This installment involves Mercy discovering that the neighbors' newly planted flowers taste delicious. an animal control officer who is unimaginably dedicated to her job, a tea party with invisible enchiladas and cream puffs, many laugh-out-loud moments and, of course, plenty of toast with a good deal of butter on it.

Di Camillo's storytelling is always masterful, and with the combination of Chris Van Dusen's marvelous portrayal of the characters and situations, what reader wouldn't be delighted to join in and think like a pig? The Mercy Watson series are great books to read aloud, but they are also wonderful trasistional books for readers who are anxious to move away from simpler easy readers but aren't quite ready for more densely written chapter books. Hooray for Mercy!

Books in the Mercy Watson series:

1. Mercy Watson to the Rescue
2. Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
3. Mercy Watson Fights Crime
4. Mercy Watson, Princess in Disguise
5. Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig

6. Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes

Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig (#5 in the Mercy Watson series) by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press, 2008)

Also reviewed at:
The Alphabet Garden


  1. It does sound completely charming. I love Kate Di Camillo :)

  2. Charming is the perfect word! I'm also impressed by how effectively Di Camillo tailors her storytelling to different age groups. It's impressive!

  3. This reminds me, I need to read Because of Winn-Dixie

  4. I love that one, Ladytink, and also The Tale of Despereaux. It's so much fun, particularly the audio version!

  5. My boys, 2 and 5, both love the Mercy books. We were thrilled when this arrived, along with Princess in Disguise, for my 5yo's birthday. He had some trouble with the animal control woman, Fancine Poulet's, name, though. "But Mom, it's Poo-Let!" A while ago, we talked with the author at a signing, and she said the Mercy books were a way of balancing out the dark stuff of Despereaux and Edward Tulane. Poor Eugenia is my favorite.

  6. Hi, Girl Detective! I'm happy to hear that your boys are enjoying these books, too! How fun that you got to meet Kate DiCamillo. I am a bit of a book wimp and have not yet had the fortitude to read Edward Tulane. It looks pretty harrowing!


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