Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson #1)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
carissa
Recommended Ages: grades 2-3 (read-aloud pre-K - 3)

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she’s a porcine wonder. And to the good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons’ bed. BOOM! CRACK!
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...more
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.
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...
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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Holly Hardwick
I found Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen to be a wonderfully comical book that had me laughing as I read it. It tells the story of Mercy Watson, a pig, and her parents Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who happen to be human. When her mom and dad are in trouble, they send Mercy to get help, but Mercy only has room in her mind for one thing: food. As Mercy goes on the hunt for some nighttime snacks, she has a nighttime adventure and ends up saving her family.
I th...more
Jessica Berry
Mercy Watson is a pig that lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. They treat Mercy like she is their child. They sing to her before bed and always make her favorite meal, toast with lots of butter! One night Mercy goes to sleep in bed with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. While they are all sleeping, the floor begins to cave in and it wakes them up. Mr. and Mrs. Watson don’t move in fear that they will fall through the floor. Mercy just woke up from a wonderful dream about a stack of toast with a lot of butter on...more
Stephanie Croaning
The Mercy Watson series is a wonderful series for children who are ready for longer chapter books. This fills a wonderful void between BINK & GOLLIE and THE MAGIC TREEHOUSE. Again, Kate DiCamillo has created some wonderful characters, full of life and personality and fun quirks. One of my favorite parts is the dedication - "For Alison McGhee, who likes her toast with a great deal of butter." Alison McGhee is the co-author of the Bink & Gollie series and I love this earlier connection!
Tabitha
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...more
SallySnowtiger
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...more
Matt
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...more
Tami Roberts
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...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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