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Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (Mercy Watson #2)

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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 the driver's seat, but once the convertible is on the road, Mercy loves the feel of the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. One day the Watsons' motoring ri ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Candlewick Press
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Sierra Abrams
Jan 18, 2017 Sierra Abrams rated it really liked it
so cute!!

also: can you tell what i've been spending all my time doing? working. i'm a nanny. but at least i love my job, right?
Leah Bird
Aug 27, 2016 Leah Bird rated it it was amazing
This series is so cute! If you haven't read it yet,

well, you should!
L11_Ryanne Szydlik
Feb 16, 2011 L11_Ryanne Szydlik rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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
Apr 06, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2009 Dayna rated it really liked it
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
Dec 12, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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!
Apr 10, 2014 Abbey rated it really liked it
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!
Mercy Watson further exercises a lack of impulse control and drives a car. This was a cute enough story, and I love the Lincoln sisters, but I wasn't thrilled about my son's newly piqued interest in which pedal is the gas and which is the brake. Ugh, thanks, Mercy.
Anya Gupta
Jan 05, 2016 Anya Gupta rated it it was amazing
I liked it when Mercy eats a butter sandwitch.
Audrey Robledo
It was not very funny.
Becca Ramsey
This book is about Mercy Watson and her family. Every Sunday, they go for a ride in their convertible. However, Mercy isn't old enough to drive yet but she gets in to the driver seat. At the end of the story, they end up riding home in a police car. This book is a fantasy chapter book. For a writing prompt, I would get the students to tell me of a time they did something they knew they weren't suppose to do but it was so much fun they just did it anyways. The thing I liked most about this book w ...more
Nov 15, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing
A lovely story, with beautiful illustrations. This is an amazing first chapter book and the series is a great bridge between picture books and text books. My kids were both 3 when I started reading this series to them at bedtime. The stories are light and fun, the characters have distinct personalities and are beautifully drawn. There is a really nice balance of illustration to words so most of the pages have something for the kids to look at while we are reading and then later when they are 're ...more
Rosa Cline
Nov 11, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, caldecott-award
This book is a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

This is a chapter book but the text is repeatative so a beginning reader of chapter books could read this with help. Mr and Mrs Watson owns a pig that they treat just like family. Mercy thinks she can do what other humans do... apparently. This book takes the reader on an adventure of Mercy driving the car!

A cute children's book with two grown up sisters, a couple a police officer and a pig! Such fun to read.
Kathryn Zebrowski-Wray
Dec 30, 2016 Kathryn Zebrowski-Wray rated it really liked it
Our classroom is in love with Kate DiCamillo in a major way, and the Mercy Watson series is never sitting in my classroom library for long! This sequel to Mercy Watson to the Rescue was just as engaging and fun! The kids also love watching these books on the Tumblrbooks app which has many awesome titles that can be borrowed digitally for free with a library card.
Joanne G.
Dec 20, 2016 Joanne G. rated it really liked it
Mercy the pig is up to her usual self--causing trouble--when she decides it's her turn to drive the convertible. Baby, the elderly neighbor, sneaked along for the ride and finds herself in the position to stop the car after a lengthy police chase.

I'm warming up to Mercy's world. I'm mostly captivated by the cheerful retro artwork of Chris Van Dusen.
Alyssa Tabor
Jan 17, 2017 Alyssa Tabor rated it it was amazing
Even though I have not completed the series yet, I think this will always be my favorite, for I was introduced to Mercy through a Humorous Interpretation of this book at a Speech tournament. It is so perfectly quirky. Favorite quote: "Toast is not the answer!"
Dec 03, 2016 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Mercy Watson is a hoot! My 8 year old was laughing all through this book!
Allie Lu
Jan 22, 2017 Allie Lu rated it it was amazing
Repeated audiobook listen
Oct 10, 2016 Karina rated it liked it
Listened to this with Avery - she really liked it. Cute and amusing.
Back when we read these 2 years ago, my kids and I didn't think much of them. But it seems to be growing on them (not me)! This one is a bit funnier than the first.
Sep 29, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, audio
The audiobook we listened to had the first and second book on the same CD so copying that review over. I liked the first book before than the second, but both are cute and silly.

I listened to the audiobook of this one with my 3 year old son while driving in the car. It was a really cute and silly story and the narrating was well done. Since he's so young he couldn't pick everything up by just listening to the audio, but he definitely paid attention and got excited as he heard things familiar to
Dec 28, 2016 Teri rated it really liked it
Charming series about a pig who lives in a house with the Watsons. Love all the characters. Mercy wants to be in the driver seat. Love Baby Lincoln!
Feb 21, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: transitional
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Kate Boisoneau
Sep 15, 2016 Kate Boisoneau rated it it was ok
TL544, Week 4, Theodor Geisel Honor

Mr. Watson takes Mercy the pig for a drive every Saturday, and every Saturday, Eugenia and Baby Lincoln observe in grim disapproval. The Watsons are portly and indulgent of their precious Mercy; Eugenia is the gaunt and humorless spinster next door.
Hilarity ensues.
I understand the importance of repetitive word usage and sentence patterns for young readers, I just thought the characters were flat and two-dimensional and the story was meaningless. What was the
Samantha Zapata
Sep 12, 2016 Samantha Zapata rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness!! If you have not read one theses books in the Mercy Watson series, then you must. This chapter book was all sorts of fun, filled with outrageous scenarios, starring Mercy Watson the Pig. Mercy Watson takes her usual Saturday drive with Mr. Watson, but it's who pops up that makes their drive that much interesting. Deciding to take matters into her own hooves? Mercy Watson gets herself in trouble when she gets behind the wheel. Illustrations were great! Seeing the food made me hung ...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
Rodricucuz Vaughn
Oct 16, 2011 Rodricucuz Vaughn rated it it was amazing

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
Stephanie Siren
Sep 22, 2016 Stephanie Siren rated it really liked it
Type: Picture Book in a novel style (14 chapters)

Genre: Fantasy

Awards: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Nominee (2007)

This book is about Mercy Watson and her family. Every Saturday, Mrs. Watson makes a special meal for Mercy and Mr. Watson. After lunch, Mercy and Mr. Watson go for a drive in the convertible. They are in for a surprise when Mercy thinks its her turn to drive. Mercy hops in the driver seat and of course, she isn't supposed to drive. Baby Lincoln is searching for fun and ends up
Amanda Carpenter
Aug 30, 2014 Amanda Carpenter rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
DiCamillo, K., & Dusen, C. (2006). Mercy Watson goes for a ride. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press.

Given the Theodor Geisel Award 2007


This picture book is a small chapter book with many descriptive drawings. There is a lot of text but the drawings could tell the story alone. This book was about a pig who has a desire to drive. The pig, Mercy, lives with a couple named Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Mr. Watson drives his convertible around every Saturday and Mercy really wants to drive it.
Ashley Saunders
Sep 05, 2014 Ashley Saunders rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
DiCamillo, K. (2006). Mercy watson goes for a ride. Candlewick Press. Retrieved from

Winner of Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Honor


This is a picture book that also introduces children to reading chapter books. The chapters in this book are as short as two pages. The story follows a pig, Mercy, and her owners on their predictable Saturday routine. The family enjoys a big breakfast and then Mercy and Mr. Watson take a ride in his convertible
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