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Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson #1)

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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 feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons' bed. BOOM! CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published August 23rd 2005 by Candlewick
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Dec 04, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Cheryl Gladfelter
Jan 15, 2016 Cheryl Gladfelter rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, j-fiction
A fun transitional book. I can see why kids really like Mercy. It doesn't hurt that Mercy and I have the same favorite food (hot buttered toast).
Aug 25, 2015 Erica rated it it was amazing
Emma loved this book. Perfect intro chapter book that I could read to her. Still has a lot of illustrations, but she loved to tell me what was going to happy by looking at the photos.
May 09, 2014 Cass rated it liked it
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
Jun 29, 2015 Brenna rated it it was amazing
This was a very funny book!
Nov 14, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2009 Christopher rated it it was amazing
(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
Feb 09, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite starter chapter book for kids! Great for first graders ready for more!
Audrey Robledo
Jun 30, 2015 Audrey Robledo rated it really liked it
It was so funny!
Katie DeBrisco
Title: Mercy Watson To the Rescue
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen
Genre: Transitional Chapter Book
Theme: Adventure; pets; helping others; safety; assumptions are sometimes incorrect
Opening Line/Sentence: "Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson have a pig named Mercy."

Brief Book Summary: After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed on the edge of a big hole in the floor. Mercy ends up leaving the house and looks like she is on a mision. The Watsons
Feb 24, 2016 Seamus rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Angie Fehl
May 26, 2015 Angie Fehl rated it it was amazing
I love DiCamillo's books and this one was no disappointment. The illustrations have such vibrancy and movement and the story is super adorable. A country couple are raising a pig pretty much like their child, letting it sleep in the house and eat "people food" -- especially Mercy's favorite: toast with LOTS of butter. Mercy is put to bed one night (in a human bed, tucked in with a lullaby, the whole bit) but shortly after lights out she gets scared and decides to crawl in bed with Mr. & Mrs. ...more
Natalie Payton
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
Jessica Cain
Dec 09, 2014 Jessica Cain rated it it was amazing
Summary and Critique:
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
Jun 23, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing
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Feb 16, 2009 Adam rated it liked it
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.
May 31, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
A great book for introducing chapter reading to your little ones!
May 26, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Very cute! My daughter loved it!
Emily Benner
Plot summary: Mercy Watson books are a small chapter book series for early readers. Although, this book is about a pig named Mercy and how she 'rescues' her parents in a time of need. Mr. and Mrs. Watson call Mercy their "porcine wonder" and treat her as if she were their own daughter. However the neighbors, who are sisters, have opposite opinions about Mercy and the way the Watson's treat her. One night the Watson's fall into some trouble with their bed and they believe Mercy sets off to find s ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Rachael rated it liked it
Shelves: edci-555
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
joanna Sondheim
Jul 20, 2012 joanna Sondheim rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2014 Lisa E rated it liked it
Shelves: libs642
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
Jun 19, 2014 Leonard rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it
Really cute intro to chapter books for VERY beginning readers. K is at the start of 1st grade and will likely be past this level by Christmas. However, this was a fun tale with cute characters and I LOVE the idea of chapter books for really little ones (like my 6 year old, K). When I gave it to her yesterday and told her it was a chapter book like The Princess in Black that she could read on her own, her eyes lit up and she got so excited.
So in short, Yay for books that encourage emergent reader
Apr 24, 2016 Adrienne rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I thought it was hilarious and delightful. Simple but adorable.
Apr 08, 2009 Pandagirl672 rated it really liked it
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.
Nicole Blanar
Oct 16, 2015 Nicole Blanar rated it liked it
I read the ebook version of this book on the TumbleBooks website and thought it was a high quality ebook. The page is split into half with one half having the text and the other a picture. The pictures have enough animation to add action to the characters in the story but do not cause too much distraction from the text. The audio voice is set at a nice pace and it allows the reader to speed up or slow down to match their reading level. Another positive thing is that their are quizzes a child can ...more
Christine Rains
Jun 12, 2016 Christine Rains rated it really liked it
Mercy Watson is a porcine wonder! When her loving caretakers, Mr. and Mrs. Watson are in trouble, Mercy rushes out of the house to the neighbors. But is she seeking help or looking for a snack?

My six-year-old son loves this book. I picked it up from the library as it was on their recommended grade one reading list. It has fun and lovely illustrations, and the story is amusing. Mercy is by far the star and has hot buttered toast on the mind. My son says his favorite part was when Mr. and Mrs. Wat
Jan 27, 2009 Maya rated it really liked it
My second grade teacher read a few of the Mercy Watson books aloud. I remember thinking about how funny and silly the book was...
Feb 16, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing
This is a perfect book for kids not quite ready for bigger chapter books. My students were totally taken by the story. They laughed at the right spots and they listened intensely. Seemed just right for many. I plan to get them all out of the library for them!

I love how Kate DiCamillo is able to romanticize the simplest of things. In this book it is toast with lots of butter. She dedicates the book to someone who loves toast with lots of butter. In the 'about the author' she says she had the idea
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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.

Kate DiCamillo's own journey is something of a dream come true. After
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