Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (Mercy Watson #2)
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The amiable Mercy Watson takes an automobile ride she'll never forget in the second tale of an ebullient first chapter-book series by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen.

Mr. and Mrs. Watson's porcine wonder, Mercy, loves nothing more than a ride in the car. It takes a fair amount of nudging and bribing and a "You are such a good sport, darling" to get the portly pig out of...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Candlewick Press
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L11_Ryanne Szydlik
I have been wanting to read Mercy Watson for some time. I adore all of Kate DiCamillo's books and cherish the lessons each book teaches its reader. This book was such a pleasant surprise. Mercy Watson was hysterical in both the writing and the illustrations. I laughed out loud many times while reading. How could you not laugh about an older couple who truly adores a pig with a mind of its own, a man who's driving is so hazardous because he feels no one should look behind them but always be looki...more
Amy
I enjoyed all of the Mercy Watson series, as did my just turned 7 year old daughter. I liked DiCamillo's witty story and the illustrations that further bring it to life. I highly recommend reading the stories in order as the characters from the earlier books are used throughout the series.

My daughter enjoys reading these books to herself and out loud to me. They fill the gap between traditional early readers and early chapter books. These books are chapters books, however, the vocabulary is not...more
Abbey
One of the best aspects of the Mercy Watson books are the illustrations and the clipped sentences. The combination makes these books hilarious! In one scene, where Mercy is happily driving the convertible, we read a sentence about Mr. Watson not being able to feel his legs from the pig on his lap. This is the stuff of out loud laughs in childrens books!
Dayna
This was a FUN read. The writing was certainly on level for a 6-8 year old. I read it aloud to my 4 year old. She was captivated by the story and I must admit the writing sucked me in too. I found myself wanting to keep turning the pages and sailing through the chapters to see what was going to happen. The characters were interesting and well put together - unlike some of the other characters we have come to meet in early chapter books (who tend to be one dimensional). We had a great time making...more
midnightfaerie
A book my 6 yr old loved, a little old for my preschoolers. A solid reading level 3 book, this reader has a good amount of advanced vocabulary words, but not so long that it discourages a new reader. Used it for his read out loud book, which was perfect. It took about 20 mins for him to read and had just enough new vocabulary words to make it challenging. Also, it was a fun and interesting story he could get into. He liked it so much, he asked for more by this author. Great reading book!
Jenny
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Rodricucuz Vaughn




1. Genre: Controlled Vocabulary

2. Mercy Watson goes for a ride is a story about a pig named Mercy who takes a car ride but not just any car ride.

3. critique

a. Mercy Watson takes a ride by Kate DiCamillo is a funny story that children and adults will love to read. This is a great book to read aloud because all of the great moments in the text . This is a very interactive story book . It also teaches children a lesson . Mercy wants to drive the car and when she takes over the wheel by force thi...more
Lisa W.
Perfect for first chaper readers to feel accomplished with chapters. Bright, bouncy, cheery color illustrations, big bold text. 5-7 sentences per page. 68 pages

School Library Journal Reviews
K-Gr 3 -Another action-packed escapade staring the "porcine wonder." Every weekend, when Mr. Watson takes his pig for a ride in his pink convertible, Mercy must be cajoled out of the driver's seat with the promise of a tasty treat upon their return. One Saturday, their elderly neighbor, Baby Lincoln, stows a...more
Natalie
I have to admit that I couldn't really get in to the characters of these books. 5-year-old SD did ask to listen a second time, so I suppose that is a good sign, but I will probably not seek out more. In fairness, many people seem to find the illustrations the most appealing aspect of these stories. I listened (and drove) while my kids read along. I will try to give the illustrations a fair look before sending these back to the library.
Jessica
Who doesn’t love a Saturday drive? Mercy the pig sure does and she wants to drive, too! This adventure will prove that pigs should not drive and that neighbors can surprise you! Students can use this book to learn about adjectives, as colorful descriptions are woven throughout the story. The book is a fairly easy reading chapter book and has an exciting quality that will keep student’s attention throughout. I thought this was a cute story that offered silly situations and consequences that child...more
Liza
DiCamillo, K. (2006). Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.
Gr. K-3. Mercy Watson loves to go for rides in the car – she loves to feel the wind blowing her ears. On one Saturday drive, Mercy decides she wants to do more than just ride; she wants to drive! When Mercy takes the wheel, an adventure like no other takes Mercy and Mr. Watson on a crazy ride!
Curriculum: This is a great book for beginning readers to use. The vocabulary is fairly easy and the pictures are engaging...more
Josephine
In our new library I found a section of beginning chapter books for beginning readers and this series was in there. I grabbed this one for Audrey. The kids really enjoyed it and it is at the perfect chapter book reading level for Audrey right now. They thought the officer asking himself and answering his own questions was pretty silly.
For the downside, I guess it's the parent inside of me, but I was annoyed that the officer was bribed off with buttered toast at the end. Mercy and Mr. Watson brok...more
Erin
I recently introduced Mercy Watson to my 4 year old son and he can't get enough! Luckily we have many of the titles in our library that I am able to bring home to him. Our bedtime routine is made more pleasant knowing that this happy little pig is waiting for us to join her on her adventures.
Amy
I was not as impressed with this Mercy Watson book as I was with Mercy Watson to the Rescue and Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig. The sentences seemed clipped and much more simple and less inspired in this one, and I didn't really feel like there was much driving (no pun intended) the plot.

My niece was annoyed by the officer in this book. She said, "There's way too much asking yourself questions in this book," which was the officer's character quirk. Neither one of us loved this one, but I do hope...more
Janice Villwock
K-3rd Read aloud/alone

Mercy the pig goes for a ride with Mr. Watson every Saturday with the desire of driving Mr. Watson's pink Cadillac. On this particular Saturday Mercy and Mr. Watson have a stowaway in the back seat and the hilarious adventure begins. Children will be drawn by the humorous, colorful and cartoon like pictures placed throughout the book. There is a lot of repetition throughout the large typeface chapters. The chapters are just the right length for the beginning chapter reader,...more
Grace
I liked it cause it was funny and mercy wants to drive but she doesn't get to but in the middle of the ride mercy leaps to the driver seat and starts to drive! Meanwhile baby Lincoln the next door neighbor sneaks into the car and goes on the ride with Mr. Watson and mercy!
Jennifer
Extremely fun and silly, the second Mercy Watson book introduces Officer Tomilello. Mercy and Mr. Watson always go for a ride on Saturdays, but of course the Saturday they drive past Officer Tomilello is also the Saturday that Baby Lincoln sneaks into the back seat for the "folly" and adventure she craves, distracting Mr. Watson just long enough for Mercy to grab the wheel. The result includes an indirect lesson about the importance of seatbelts and hot buttered toast for all! This series is gre...more
Sarah Johnson
I read this book aloud to my three year-old. He loves cars and so this Mercy Watson was a hit with him. The illustrations really help to draw in a younger listener who is ready to hear longer stories, but is not yet reading on his or her own.
Mrs. Knott
2007 Geisel Honor Award book
I had forgotten what a great series this is for younger readers. I'll be sure to pull them out again!
I had an unanswered question at the end of this story - what happened to the pink convertible???
Heather
The second book in the Mercy Watson series. It had its parts but overall I think we'll stop at this book. It didn't grab us as much as the first.
Bethany
This book has wonderful art on most pages to engage the learner. Fun way to introduce vocabulary. Great read for the early chapter reader.
Joyce Munzwandi
I thought would be a great book that would benefit all my students especially my ELL students. I like the fact that the pictures in the book go along with the story. My ELL students can also follow and retell the story using by just using the pictures. So even though my Ell students may not fully understand the words in teh story they can easily follow by using the pictures. I can also tell the story by just using the pictures only.Its a hilarious book about this older couple that have a pig cal...more
Hope Barrett
Mercy Watson was purchased on a whim and primarily for its art. But the content was so good, Mercy Watson became more than a whim, she became part of a collection. Kate DiCamillo's toast-loving pig is a joy to read with your children because she is fundamentally a happy pig. Mercy's zest for life always leaves a smile on everyone's face just before the lights have to go out for the night.

I did not equate this Kate DiCamillo with the author of The Tale of Despereaux, until way late in the game....more
Elizabeth Paldauf albandia
My 6 year old and I reading chapter books this summer and Mercy Watson is a great series to start with.
Leonard
Another nice Mercy Watson story about a pig who finds herself in the driver's seat of an automobile.
Crystal
I love that hot buttered toast! I had to eat it for dinner after reading the first two Mercy Watson books.
Michelle Rosales
Mercy Watson is so lucky. Mr. and Mrs. Watson take such good care of her. They take her for joy rides and feed her buttery toast. Only thing is that Mercy is a pig! Every Saturday Mr. Watson takes Mercy out for a ride in his pink convertible. Every Saturday Mercy wants to drive it and gets convinced to scooch over for some buttery toast. Until one day, something happens and Mercy has to steer the wheel. Her dreams come true and quickly shatter when Mercy isn’t wearing her seatbelt and gets throw...more
Ellyn
This series is adorable and this is my favorite of the lot. Mercy the pig is beloved by her owners who call her the "porcine wonder." Every Saturday Mr. Watson and Mercy go for a ride in his pink convertible. But Mercy really wants to drive. When the Watson's neighbor Baby Lincoln, who lives with her pig-disapproving older sister Eugenia, stows away in the back seat for the ride chaos ensues. The story and language is delightful and the retro 50's illustrations are a hoot. This is perfect for ki...more
Kaethe
I love a story about a clever pig. Combined with heaps of buttered toast, even better.
Liz Todd
This is one that we just had to sit down and read cover-to-cover. TOO MUCH FUN!!!
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Kate DiCamillo, the newly 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.

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