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Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

(Tales from Deckawoo Drive #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  989 ratings  ·  215 reviews
What if timid Baby Lincoln broke free of her bossy sister and set off on an unexpected journey? Kate DiCamillo presents a touching new adventure set in Mercy Watson’s world.

Baby Lincoln’s older sister, Eugenia, is very fond of telling Baby what to do, and Baby usually responds by saying "Yes, Sister." But one day Baby has had enough. She decides to depart on a Necessary
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Candlewick Press
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This was such a wonderful story. Lucelle 'Baby' Lincoln goes on a necessary journey thanks to a dream. She meets many wonderful characters and friends along the way as she is stepping out from under the strong personality of her sister Eugenia. She realizes she can be her own person and have her own thoughts.

This story is amazing and wonderful. Kate is a sublime storyteller and all this is on display in this wonderful story. We know her from the Mercy Watson stories and we get to see the
Henry Martin
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
It is no secret that I adore Kate DiCamillo. She is, by far, one of the most talented authors in contemporary children's literature.

Her recent Deckawoo Drive series consist of shorter, more light-hearted tales featuring favorite characters. This volume, in particular, focuses on the established relationship of the Lincoln sisters, where Euginia reigns supreme while Baby never speaks her mind. Well, not in this one.

It was about time Baby Lincoln put her foot down. Going on a "necessary journey"
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This surprised me. I don't always love DiCamillo, but her Deckawoo Drive stories are very good. They have the heart and philosophy of her longer books, but are lighter, more concise, and funnier. I really appreciate that the author respects of the wisdom of young characters, and young readers, and I highly recommend this series. And this, the third, is the best yet, imo, with no distracting ridiculousness.

Now I really want to read the book Lucille writes....
Cheriee Weichel
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know those books that lift your heart into the sky and let it soar?

This is one of those.

Two elderly sisters live together on Deckawoo Drive. The elder, Eugenia, bosses and controls the younger sister. Then one night Baby Lincoln dreams of riding the train and watching stars streak across the sky. In the morning her ordinary life is revealed in it's depressing constraints and so she decides, much to the dismay of Eugenia, to go on a 'necessary journey.'

This journey is more necessary than
La Coccinelle
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I think this is my favourite book in the series yet! It has a cast of wonderful characters, a nice message, and an interesting story.

In both this series and the original Mercy Watson stories, Baby Lincoln always seems to be in the shadow of her older sister, Eugenia. We don't even know the poor woman's name, since Eugenia gave her the nickname "Baby" when she was little and it has stuck ever since. Eugenia is so forceful and bossy that Baby's become very good at just going along with whatever
My 6-year old's rating and review.

"I really liked that Baby Lincoln was meeting new friends on the train! It was happy at the end when Baby Lincoln finally knew that Eugenia loved her."
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually rate or record the books that I read with my 6 year old, but this one should really be read by everyone, both big and small. At our house, we love Kate DiCamillo, we love Mercy Watson and all of the characters from Deckawoo Drive, but I have always had a particular soft spot for Baby Lincoln, in every Mercy Watson installment. We learn so much about Baby Lincoln in this book, and also a bit more about her sister Eugenia as well, so that maybe we can understand a little bit more ...more
Sierra Abrams
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Um. Oh my gosh???? This book is PRECIOUS. I can't even deal with it. <3 <3 <3
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mercy Watson Fans / Beginning Chapter-Book Readers Looking for Entertaining Tales
Baby Lincoln, the gentle, kindhearted, much-put-upon younger sister of the overbearing Eugenia Lincoln, who appears, together with her sister, as a secondary character in Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson chapter-book series, here gets an adventure of her own. Waking one day with the conviction that she must take a 'necessary journey,' Baby packs her bag, leaves home, and takes a train to Fluxom, the furthest stop she can afford. Along the way she learns the importance of reading the comics ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of this series! Necessary journeys, singing stars, jelly beans, and stories with wizards, wolves, kings, and pear trees. Now I need to go eat a cheese sandwich! And, as always, toast with a great deal of butter on it.

(This review doesn't do justice to the book at all.)
Colby Sharp
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, 2016-nerdy
This book is so fun! I loved each and every page.
Benji Martin
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Baby Lincoln is my hero, and has been since Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. She's the best.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for my 2nd grader and just love Chris Van Dusen's illustrations.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children, Mercy Watson fans
From the Mercy Watson children's book series comes this gem about neighbor Baby Lincoln (who actually, but is the baby sister in her family). Author DiCamillo continues in her witty, appealing style to explore the desires, dissatisfaction, and background of Baby Lincoln (as well as her relationship with older sister Eugenia). I enjoyed seeing Baby in the spotlight and meeting new characters along the way. Van Dusen's illustrations were delightful and truly added to the story, as they have for ...more
Angie Schmidt
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: myfavorites
My kids and I love the Mercy Watson series so when I saw this on the shelf at the library I picked it up for my 8 year old daughter. She finished it in a couple of days and told me I should read it, "Baby meets 3 people on a train." Turns out, this just might be the sweetest little book I've ever read. Baby and Eugenia, they love each other as only sisters can.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
An old woman who has lived under the restrictive but protective hand of her older sister breaks away to take a train journey, learning about laughter, candy, and creativity. And the warmth of family. It's a good chance for kids to read about different sorts of people, adults whom they can emphasize with.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
No words yet! Definitely have to review this one.
Virginia McGee Butler
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Should somebody tell Kate DiCamillo that the protagonist of a children’s book should be a child? Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? is the third book of her tales from Deckawoo Drive available from Candlewick on August 2. Illustrator Chris Van Dusen alerts us with his art, even before we begin, that it has been a long, long time since Baby Lincoln was actually an infant.

Baby Lincoln enjoys a very good dream where she is traveling on a speedy train through a night filled with shooting stars on a
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A cute beginning chapter book (and Mercy Watson makes a brief appearance which was fun!). Baby Lincoln has a big sister named Eugenia. Eugenia is a bit bossy. One day, Baby determines that she must leave and go on a journey...but she doesn't know where to go or what to pack or what to do when she arrives...she just knows she must leave. She meets several interesting people on her adventure...while also learning that there are people she loves and misses right in her very own town, even her very ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
We (my kids and I) choise this book because Kate DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn Dixie and we loved Beacause of Winn Dixie. The book was super cute. My kids 9, 6, 4 were a little confused that Baby Lincoln wasn't a baby (until we got to the point where she explained why her name was baby).
Michele Knott
Baby Lincoln is my favorite character in the Mercy Watson series so I'm so excited she got her own story!
Baby needs to go on a Necessary Journey.
A lesson will be learned and character growth made :)
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
We should all take a cue from Baby and take ourselves on a necessary journey, pronto.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, children
Eugenia reminded me of my older sister. Know-it-all, bossy, controlling, unpleasant... all of that seemed very realistic.
Fritz Carmichael
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

I've read a couple books in this series, so I am familiar with the main characters here. This title is a slight offshoot from the others, moving one of the supporting characters, Baby Lincoln, into the main protagonist role. It is also a chapter book, while the Mercy Watson books, even when they have chapter headings, are really just picture books with arbitrary chapter breaks added (in my opinion, anyway).

I'll start with general impressions. The
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as I thought it would be. Eugenia and Baby Lincoln are my favorite side characters from the Mercy Watson series and this didn’t disappoint! DiCamillo could write an entire side series about these sisters and I’d be happy. ...more
Amber Burton
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the Deckawoo Drive series. I have always loved Baby Lincoln, and to watch this timid character step out of her comfort zone and go on an adventure was thrilling!
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
You can't help but like Baby Lincoln. And perhaps wonder who the Eugenia's are in your own life.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this story was a delight, and a relatable way to explore the frustrations of family while still acknowledging the deep love that connects us. As an independent reader, I would give it 5 stars. I read this to a group of kindergarten kids, and a few of the sweeter details were lost on them, which is what had me nudge my stars down to four. I think it would have been a more successful read for 1st-3rd grade.
Isis Uribe
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: This book is geared towards children in the second and third grades. Baby Lincoln has always done what her older sister has told her to do until one day she had a dream that she had to go an a "necessary journey". With the help of a neighbor, Stella, she goes to the train station and buy a ticket to Fluxom because it was all she could afford. on the train she met a few characters that introduced her to comics, jellybeans, and she even made up her own story. These are all this her older ...more
Isaac (isaacthebookkeeper)
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, childrens
Oh, how I love reading about the Lincoln sisters, Eugenia Lincoln and Baby, (coughs) excuse me, Lucille Abigail Eleanor Lincoln! They are such an eccentric duo, with Eugenia’s strict rigidity and bossiness and Baby’s complacent, “Yes, Sister”s. However, circumstances change in Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? Baby is off on a Necessary Journey (gasp) without Eugenia! As Baby begins her journey, we meet perky Stella who is a “true math whiz”. Later, along the way, Baby meets several new ...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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