Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (Mercy Watson #2)
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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
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
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
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
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???
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
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
Kate
This book is cute. I liked the illustrations. It is a story about Mr. Watson and his pig Mercy. They go for a ride every Saturday but on one ride the neighbor hides in the back of the car to come along this joy ride. Then Mercy grabs a hold of the wheel and starts to drive. They end up getting pulled over. It is a funny story and kids love to see what happens to Mercy and Mr. Watson. I would use this in my classroom as a writing prompt. I wouldn't read the end and have them come up with their ow...more
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When Mercy takes control of Mr. Watson's convertible, adventure begins.
Heidi
These books are too cute! I already loved several of her books (Edward Tulane and Despereaux), and I loved "Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee" by Chris Van Dusen, who does all the art work for the Mercy Watson books, so the collaboration of the two of them was irresistible for me! I bought all of them (except the two that came out since we moved to an island with nothing but one really crappy bookstore). I'll buy the others when we get back, probably for Billie for her B-day or Christmas. She loves...more
Brenna Call
Every Saturday Mr. Watson takes his pet pig Mercy for a ride in his pink convertible and one Saturday she gets her chance to drive the car. I really enjoyed this cute little chapter book. It was funny and the characters were appealing. I would like to read more of this series. I often recommend this series to parents with children who are just beginning to read. The number of words on the page aren't overwhelming, the fully colored pictures are great the the story is funny. Kids typically love M...more
Elizabeth
Mercy and Mr. Watson go for a ride in the pink convertible every Saturday. Every Saturday Mercy tries to drive but pigs don't drive. Baby Lincoln sneaks into the car for the ride this Saturday. While Mr. Watson was talking to Baby Lincoln, Mercy hopped onto Mr. Watson's lap and started driving. The police officer pulls them over because Mr. Watson was driving too fast and pigs aren't supposed to drive. Mercy learns that pigs don't drive when the car stops and Mercy goes flying out of the car.
Logan
Actually, we found this funnier than the first one we read (Mercy Watson to the Rescue). Logan's favorite character is Eugenia. This may have something to do with the fact that I think Eugenia is funny and I probably read her with more "voice" than the other characters. Although I enjoy doing Mrs. Watson's voice too. A friend told me that her son liked Eugenia and Baby so much that she ended up with a Mother's Day gift of a T-shirt that said "Toast is not the answer." I may need such a shirt.
Cael
Very funny!
Cathy
Mr. and Mrs. Watson’s porcine wonder, Mercy, loves nothing more than a ride in the car. One Saturday, the Watsons’ motoring ritual takes an unexpected turn when their elderly neighbor Baby Lincoln pops up in the backseat in hopes of some "folly and adventure" – and in the chaos that ensues, an exuberant Mercy ends up behind the wheel!

The second in the Mercy Watson Series. Not quite as cute as the first, but just as much fun for the kiddos. Short chapters keep the interest going.
Melissa
Kate DiCamillo is simply amazing! This book is great for beginning readers due to the extensive repetition, strong use of vocabulary suitable for K-3 readers and the great visuals. This series is about a pig - Mercy who loves this pink Cadillac! Mr. Watson is only able to get her out of the car with a promise for a tasty treat. This time, Mercy wants to drive - she gets caught in some trouble and another character (Baby) helps to make the ending of this crazy story a happy one!
Shelby Pfleiger
Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series has been such a wonderful resource for my bright students! My above level soaring kindergarten readers have loved getting to experience a "chapter book" for reading homework. I have developed a simple comprehension packet that asks students to respond to 2-3 literal questions from each chapter. This adorable quick read takes its reader through a silly misunderstanding between Mercy, Mr. Watson, and their sweet unknowing neighbor!
Megan D. Neal
Ah, Mercy Watson, how my children love thee!

All the Mercy Watson books are perennial favorites around our house and get re-read every few months by both my older girls (ages 6 and 7). This is one series that they can both read themselves, and they are delighted to read them aloud to their little sister. Literarily, the stories are pretty fluffy, but my girls bask in the marshmallowy yumminess. And the pictures, with their fifties retro feel, add greatly to the fun.
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