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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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18th out of 46 books — 21 voters

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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
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.
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
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.
Ashley Saunders
Sep 05, 2014 Ashley Saunders rated it really liked it
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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
Amanda Carpenter
Aug 30, 2014 Amanda Carpenter rated it really liked it
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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.
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!
Feb 21, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
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Christine Mccurley
Sep 05, 2014 Christine Mccurley rated it really liked it
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DiCamillo, K. (2006). Mercy Watson goes for a ride. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Choice Book
This I Can Read book is a great introduction to chapter books for the young reader. The reader is taken on an adventure with Mercy the pig and learns an important lesson along the way. There is nothing like having fun, but if you are doing something wrong, you can get in trouble! The colorful pictures throughout the chapters add to the building excitement of the adventure as we learn how Mercy spen
Jason Roop
Oct 02, 2014 Jason Roop rated it really liked it
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DiCamillo, K. (2006). Mercy Watson goes for a ride. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. LOV

Category: Choice (Geisel)

Mercy Watson is a pig who loves her Saturday ride/drive and buttered toast. This was a cute book that was broken down in chapters. Mercy always wanted to drive, but Mr. Watson would never let her. One day she takes over the wheel and the fun begins. The illustrations in the book were well done from the pink Cadillac to Mercy flying through the air later. Actions and emotions in the s
Christine Rains
Jun 12, 2016 Christine Rains rated it liked it
The second book in the Mercy Watson series has the Watsons' special Saturday routine. Mrs. Watson makes a big lunch, and then Mr. Watson takes Mercy for a ride in the convertible. Mercy loves going for a ride and Mr. Watson loves driving fast. But Mercy wants to drive herself. What trouble will the porcine wonder get them into?

My six-year-old son loved the first book in this series, and I picked up the remaining books for him. He laughed and thought it silly that a pig was driving a car, but bot
Yasmin Gomez Geng
Mercy Watson is a pig, but she does not think of herself as a pig. She loves taking car rides on Saturdays with Mr. Watson. However, one Sunday, Mercy sees an opportunity to drive the car and takes it! The rest of the adventure involves neighbors and a police officer.

This book has a quintessential family feeling with a little bit of craziness and fantasy. It has several discussion opportunities about why a certain behavior is a good idea or not. But it can also be read by the student as a funny
Jordan Hernandez
May 09, 2015 Jordan Hernandez rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this corky tail of adventure Mercy and their neighbor going for a very memorable ride. I think this book would be an excellent read aloud before a writing unit on creativity. Students could be asked to write a story that includes them and their pets or even the pets they wished they had. For an individual, this book could just be an enjoyable read in order to practice their fluency. The student would also be introduced to the book being broken into chapters, and different types of figu ...more
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
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
Lisa E
Oct 06, 2014 Lisa E rated it liked it
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DiCamillo, K. (2006). Mercy Watson goes for a Ride. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.

Geisel Award Winner 2007

Picture Book Soak Category.

The book is a funny read about a pig that goes for a car ride and has different adventures. I could see this book being used with students as a read aloud and kids could definitely predict what happens to the main character.

Mercy is very silly in most of the book and the story could be read to grades K-3. I found this book very funny!
Sep 06, 2014 Jrowe rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at Green Valley Bookfair, because I was pleasantly familiar with the author's work. This is a book that I really enjoy reading to my children outloud. I like to read it with a little bit of a British accent and it just flows for me from there. The story really appeals to me, because the author conveys how much a pet really is a member of the family and wants to do what the family does. There is a good bit of humor and action that makes the book quite loveable.
Jan 17, 2016 Diane rated it it was amazing
This book is a about a pig who manipulate this owners for butter toast. But with mercy's neighbors Mrs. Lincoln always trying to ruin Saturday's fun. Wil Mercy ever get her Saturday fun? This book takes place in a car riding through city. The main character is Mercy. She is a pink pig ready to eat up the world! If you like pigs, pink cars, laughter & buttered toast all in one book, this is the book for you!
Jun 04, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
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
Mar 22, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
I estimate I have read this particular installment of the Mercy Watson series aloud approximately 30 times.
Probably more.
The latest time being tonight. And we always laugh.
This is a family favorite. The sentences beg to be read aloud. They melt in your mouth like hot buttered toast. It's funny and engaging and the illustrations are wonderful.
Oct 26, 2014 Reader50 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is the second book in the Mercy Watson series. Mercy Watson is a pig and loves to hop in the car on Sat. with Mr. Watson. Not content to being a passenger, Mercy always leaps into the driver's seat. One Sat. while riding with Mr. Watson, Mercy hops onto his lap takes the steering wheel, what an adventure she has. A charming story for kids.
Jun 19, 2012 Liza rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 24, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, childrens
If you haven’t picked up this wonderful series by Kate DiCamillo for your children you need to go out and get them now. This series will turn any young kid into an avid reader. I adore all of Kate DiCamillo's books and appreciate the lessons each book teaches my kids. If you like to laugh out loud while reading with your kids this is definitely the series for you! All of the characters in this series are so unique that you love seeing them reoccur throughout the story my favorites have to be the ...more
Well, I was on a roll, so I figured I'd better just finish all of the Mercy Watson books. This one wasn't my favorite, though it was still very entertaining, and I did love Chris Van Dusen's choice of car for Mr. Watson. As always, the illustrations are just spot on... I adore them just as much as I adore these joyful stories.
Nov 23, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I really enjoy this series because there is lots of humor and the stories are quality written, with short chapters. I liked this book in the series because the going for a ride adventure was hilarious and I have to say, the two old ladies living next door are hilarious, especially when reading this story aloud!
Aug 29, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
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.
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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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