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Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson #1)

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From the one and only Kate DiCamillo comes an irresistible new hero for early chapter book readers, brightly captured with comic nostalgic flair by Chris Van Dusen.

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeli
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Hardcover, 80 pages
Published August 23rd 2005 by Candlewick
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Amanda
Mercy Watson is a "porcine wonder," according to her human parents. Mr. and Mrs. Watson love their pig, Mercy, as if she were an only child. Mrs. Watson even dreams (happily) about fixing Mercy her favorite food: hot buttered toast. So when Mercy's desire to sleep with Mr. and Mrs. Watson puts all three of them in peril, the Watsons believe that Mercy's escape is an attempt to find help.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue is a funny story about parents who think only the best about their children (porci
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Cass
I am just going to copy and paste the same review across all these books... they are all the same.


I didn't really enjoy this but my kids love it. They are 4 and 2 and they happily sit through the entire book (which takes about 10-15minutes to read). It is lengthy and not all pages have pictures, but they snuggle up and enjoy it, so for that reason it gets 3-stars.

The writing is uninteresting and follows an obvious line for each story (Mercy the pig goes to bed, something bad happens, Mercy wants
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Megan
independent read for second-third grade

Van Dusen uses bright bold colors and comic-like pictures to lure the readers through the book. The appealing illustrations extend the meaning of DiCamillo's words. The author/publisher uses visual aids to help the newly independent reader: font size, white space, short sentences. Vocabulary allows them to read it fluently, but introduces new words to challenge them. This book would really be appealing because of its humor. Begins to use grammatical style
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Christopher
(Transitional Reader: second grade to third or early fourth grade)

DiCamillo creates an entertaining story that is both fun and very easy to read. This book is perfect for a child that is looking for a book after picture books and before picture-less chapter books. The pages have no more than 13 lines. Most sentences contain 4-7 words, giving the reader's eyes plenty of time to rest. The story is episodic yet fluid enough to move the story. The cartoon-like pictures help to give the story some de
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Natalie Payton
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Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo is a children's fiction picture book. Following DiCamillo’s common theme of adventurous animals, this story showcases a pig, Mercy, who thrives on excitement. When she escapes one night, nobody is sure whether her adventure is alerting the fire department or sneaking cookies from next door. This book was very fun to read because the text made me laugh and the pictures visualized the story for me in a cohesive manner. I would definitel
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Jessica Cain
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Following DiCamillo’s common theme of adventurous animals, this story showcases a pig, Mercy, who thrives on excitement. When she escapes one night, nobody is sure whether her adventure is alerting the fire department or sneaking cookies from next door. In this story she really doesn't like sleeping alone so she always tries to sneak in with Mr. and Ms. Watson so she has someone to sleep with. Her favorite thing in this book is hot buttered toast and her least favorite thing
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Alex
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Adam
Wonderfully illustrated! The stories are typical of the simplest text chapter books (first/beginning chapter book) series, but do retain that DiCamillo charm that will get a giggle out of most kids.

Not being strangled to death with controlled vocabularies of those leveled-by-difficulty Dick & Jane type readers, the Mercy Watson series remains a pleasant read for the category and great alternative to the boring-your-kids-out-of-reading-leveled-readers that are just a wee-bit too prevalent.
Rachael
Mercy Watson to the Rescue, written by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, 2005, Chapter Book

This is a story about a couple, the Watsons, and their pet pig Mercy Watson. One night after Mercy goes to bed, he becomes frightened and crawls into bed with the Watson’s. As they are all dreaming away the bed begins to fall through the floor causing Mr. and Mrs. Watson to become stuck. Mercy hops off and goes to look for some food in the kitchen and then next door. One of Mercy’s neighbors
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joanna Sondheim
A hilarious story about a lovable pig, Mercy Watson, and her devoted owners, Mr. and Mrs. Watson. The book has huge appeal for young readers. The pictures by Chris Van Dusen are bright and cheery, with large text and line spacing, the story line is incredible funny, and just simple enough that early readers can follow along.
Lisa E
DiCamillo, K., & Van Dusen, C. (2005). Mercy Watson to the Rescue. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.

Tumblebooks Category.

The tale is about a swine that is portrayed in a funny way.The author created a very funny tale and the illustrations are great. One of the visual elements used in fact is the use of glossy illustrations and use of the gouache painting. Another feature is the presence of bold characters in the book. The characters appear in the form of cartoons and I would definitely use
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Leonard
Mercy Watson, a fat pig, sleeps in bed between her owners and one night the bed starts to drop down through the weakened floorboards. Mercy jumps out and gets the firemen to come and rescue the other bed occupants. But it happens only as a by product of Mercy being hungry and looking for some thing buttered to eat since butter is her favorite food. The neighbor hates Mercy and calls the law when she sees the pig out. This is a fine series for children and adults who like to read to children. One ...more
Pandagirl672
I read this book when I was probably 7. I brought it home from our school book fair, and I read it over and over again for a few weeks after I bought it.
Maya
My second grade teacher read a few of the Mercy Watson books aloud. I remember thinking about how funny and silly the book was...
Krista
My 5 year old's kindergarten teacher was reading this to his class, but it was also a HUGE hit with the 3 1/2 year old. It is a chapter book, but with lots of color illustrations and each chapter is SHORT- like 1-2 pages. So it is a fast read and as a result I have probably read it 15 times in 15 days with one or both of the kids.

The premise is that Mercy Watson is the buttery toast loving pet of Mrs. and Mr Watson. Her love of toast gets her into and out of various humorous predicaments with a
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Kelly Rubish
"Mercy Watson to the Rescue," is a sweet and entertaining story. Written for younger audiences than Kate DiCamillo earlier books, it is shorter and easier to read. Be prepared if you're settling down for a bedtime story though! "Mercy…" is longer and meatier than you'd expect for a children's book! Appropriate for children ages 3+ read aloud, and a great first chapter book for kids learning to read by themselves, "Mercy Watson to the Rescue" serves a wide range of audiences. It's even a small tr ...more
Sofia
The book was awsome!!!!!!!!!!!It was also veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrry funny!
Beth
This is the kind of book I didn't get, who's goofy humor and warm butter heart didn't move me. Until my second grader read it and loved it. The chapters were just long enough and the full color pictures keep him turning pages.

The genius is the villain, Eugenia Lincoln, the grumpy woman next door neighbor. She thinks pigs should be kept on farms not in houses, and she finds Mercy Watson annoying. I have to agree with her. Which reveals what delights kids about this story: the child figure gettin
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Emma Lesko
Very light and happy story for kids gearing up for chapter books. It has an adorable mid-century look; the illustrations are amazing and the colors are beautiful.

Kids will like pet pig Mercy Watson’s exuberant spirit, single-minded passion for buttered toast and inadvertent heroics. I enjoyed how plot & subplot worked together, making for a more textured story than is common at this reading level.

Favorite quote: “Baby agrees with everything Eugenia says. It is easier that way. But secretly
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Jenn
I love Kate DiCamillo. Had she been writing when I was a kid, I know she would have ranked up with Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary. We've had this on the shelf for awhile and X has always passed on it. He decided we should read it and at the end, he asked me to name the other books in the series and chose the one to read next. He was confused on why I didn't already have it and couldn't just conjure it out of thin air. (I'm glad he believes in my magical librarian momma powers! since he doesn't al ...more
Jeff Learned
If you like toast, this one is for you!
Mrs. Knott
I read these books with my daughter a few years ago. We started the series, but she ended up growing as a reader and wanted to read the rest on her own. So now, I'm going back and rereading the series on my own!
I love Mercy's spunk and tenacity. When she sees what she wants, she goes for it! Kate DiCamillo always knows the right storyline, the right phrases and the right outcomes for each story to have. The stories are only enhanced by Chris Van Dusen's fantastic illustrations. I love the detai
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Brittany
Dec 16, 2014 Brittany added it
Recommends it for: Grades 1 and Up
Shelves: picture-books

Mercy Watson might like hot buttered toast.

This book is part of a fun series that follows a pig named Mercy Watson who was adopted into a human family. Mercy finds herself in different situations and she is always fueled by food! This is a good book for early readers because there are a lot of pictures to offer context clues, but it is a transition book into chapters so could be an easy transition into independent reading.

Grade level Equivalent: 2.3
Lexile Measure: 450L
DRA: 18
Guided Reading: K
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Kathleen Dixon
The Watsons are an odd couple - their family pig is sung to sleep by them every night and, in fact, can do no wrong. Well, there are some parents like that with their children, and don't the kids usually turn out to be spoilt brats! Mercy Watson however, is a pig, so we can forgive her for being only interested in her stomach and comfort. And this book is very funny so I won't turn it into a moral lesson when I read it to the grandchildren.

The story is another take on Judith Kerr's Mog the Forge
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Michael Alumbaugh
1st - 2nd grades

Van Dusen uses bright bold colors and comic-like pictures to lure the readers through the book. The appealing illustrations extend the meaning of DiCamillo's words. The author/publisher uses visual aids to help the newly independent reader: font size, white space, short sentences. Vocabulary allows them to read it fluently, but introduces new words to challenge them. This book would really be appealing because of its humor. Begins to use grammatical style of indentation to mirro
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Teneka Howland
1st - 2nd grades

Van Dusen uses bright bold colors and comic-like pictures to lure the readers through the book. The appealing illustrations extend the meaning of DiCamillo's words. The author/publisher uses visual aids to help the newly independent reader: font size, white space, short sentences. Vocabulary allows them to read it fluently, but introduces new words to challenge them. This book would really be appealing because of its humor. Begins to use grammatical style of indentation to mirror
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Katie
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
5 out of 5 stars

This book, although classified in the library as an easy reader, is a first chapter book in my opinion. DiCamillo uses well-spaced chapters, larger than the average easy-reader book, and medium-sized font to help support the reader. The text is in chronological order and there is a good deal of dialogue. There is a decent amount of white space on some pages, which helps the reader not to feel overwhelmed by the sixty-eight paged book. The text is not
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Ms. McCall
The structure of Mercy Watson feels disjointed; the reader doesn’t have a heightened sense of anticipation at the end of the chapter as he ought to, it’s as though DiCamillio just stuck chapters in after writing the story in its entirety. But I suppose this treatment may be a good precursor for actual chapter books in allowing children to take breaks while reading longer texts in several sittings. The illustrations are vividly colorful and evocative. Particularly memorable is the illustration i ...more
Caitlin W.
Mercy Watson's porcine hijinks are always worth a read. In this book, the first in the series, Mercy gets scared at night, and so decides to go sleep with her owners, Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Being the kind people that they are (the kind of kind people who would give a pig her own bed in her own room and sing to her every night), the Watsons have no problem with this, and they all blissfully fall asleep. Unfortunately, the added weight of the pig makes the bed start to fall through the floor, and al ...more
Heather
Mercy Watson is a series of books revolving around Mr. and Mrs. Watson, farm-living types residing in suburbia, and their pet pig Mercy. though i haven't read the other books in the series, the recurring theme includes Mercy getting into some sort of sticky situation and her love of buttered toast. in this book, Mercy decides to climb into bed with her owners only for it to crash through the floor due to the amount of weight placed on it. the panicky Watsons hang on for dear life as Mercy bolts ...more
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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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