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Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  6,212 Ratings  ·  591 Reviews
It’s the best thing since buttered toast — Mercy Watson in paperback!

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. BO
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Candlewick
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Sierra Abrams
Dec 07, 2016 Sierra Abrams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
i had to read this twice to the kid i nanny. it had *chapters*. damn right i'm counting it toward my challenge.

also kate dicamillo is a queen. i recommend her to everyone. "despereaux" still makes me cry. read all the things!!!!
Dec 04, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, j-fiction, 2016
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).
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.
Jun 29, 2015 Brenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very funny book!
Nov 14, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
(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
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
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.
Sep 18, 2016 Margie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eleven years ago to the day, a series of books began with a pig. Does this pig live on Old MacDonald's farm? No, this pig does not live on a farm. This pig lives with Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson in their home at 54 Deckawoo Drive.

Mercy Watson begins her adventures with Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Candlewick Press, August 23, 2005) written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Chris Van Dusen. At the close of every day the Watsons tuck Mercy into bed, singing

My full recommendation: http://libra
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.
Apr 08, 2009 Pandagirl672 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 27, 2009 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second grade teacher read a few of the Mercy Watson books aloud. I remember thinking about how funny and silly the book was...
I love Mercy Watson! Early chapter book, great read aloud. Silly and lots of heart.
First Read: January 31, 2014
May 26, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute! My daughter loved it!
May 22, 2009 Sofia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was awsome!!!!!!!!!!!It was also veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrry funny!
Audrey Robledo
Jun 30, 2015 Audrey Robledo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so funny!
Jennifer Wolf
Oct 17, 2015 Jennifer Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maidie
Love this pig who doesn't know she's a pig...or maybe she just doesn't care!
Thelma~“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens
I'm lazy right now

Merlin , why did Jennifer have to do this to me!!
Feb 24, 2016 Seamus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Apr 24, 2016 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I thought it was hilarious and delightful. Simple but adorable.
Feb 09, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite starter chapter book for kids! Great for first graders ready for more!
Jeff Learned
Sep 01, 2013 Jeff Learned rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If you like toast, this one is for you!
Erin Hatch
Mar 31, 2016 Erin Hatch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-books
Super fun. Made my kids and I laugh. Simple chapter book with fun pictures. Loved it.
Leah Bird
Aug 25, 2016 Leah Bird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So wonderful! Another great book by my favorite author:-)
Dec 28, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually our third or fourth reading. We read the whole set of 6 a few years ago so happy to find short chapter books at the library, but disappointed with the content. Then were gifted the first and second last year. I get the appeal of the short chapter book for young readers, and the simple silliness makes for a light and fun read.

However, I find them annoying. First, because the author refuses to use pronouns, making it a very wordy/tongue-tying read. I am sure this is on purpose an
Mercy Watson to the Rescue is the tale of pig named Mercy who is the adopted child of Mr. & Mrs Watson. One night Mercy decides she is too lonely to sleep by herself and goes to snuggle with the Watson's. When the bed starts to fall through the floor Mercy goes to look for buttered toast leaving the Watson's stranded. In her quest for food is she also able to save the Watsons?
I put this book on my favorites shelf because it is an amusing chapter book for early readers. This children's fictio
Alyssa Tabor
Jan 17, 2017 Alyssa Tabor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate DiCamillo is a treasure among writers. Few can achieve her quality of writing. What makes her even more impressive, is to write an early chapter book series with a timeless quality that appeals to both children and adults. I have made it my goal to read every book she has written and can't wait to discover the hidden gems in each of her books. The gem of this, the first in the Mercy Watson series, is in the "about the author" section, in which DiCamillo discusses how one of the greatest mom ...more
Oct 24, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pizza Hut Book-It gave this book away this year along with an audio version. Although I've read it before, I hadn't heard the audio and my son and I needed something to listen to while we were out last week. He was able to sit through the entire reading and laughed out loud at more than one part. The wacky adventures of a couple who treats their pig like a child is sure to bring laughs. His favorite part was when the pig crawled into bed with them and --CRACK! CRASH!-- it opens up a hole in the ...more
Jan 05, 2017 Dreaday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super cute and silly. I'd heard it was popular, but that generally doesn't mean a whole lot to me. But this was actually funny! It starts with Mercy Watson, a pig, who is scared to go to bed by herself in the dark. She climbs in bed with her parents and dreams about buttered toast. Suddenly, the floor below them creaks! Mercy doesn't even notice and instead runs off to find some buttered toast. Will her journey to find the perfect stack of buttered toast help her parents in their predicament, to ...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.

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