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Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

(Mercy Watson #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  4,357 ratings  ·  354 reviews
Mr. and Mrs. Watson's porcine wonder, Mercy, loves nothing more than a ride in the car. It takes a fair amount of nudging and bribing and a "You are such a good sport, darling" to get the portly pig out of the driver's seat, but once the convertible is on the road, Mercy loves the feel of the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. One day the Watsons' motoring ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Candlewick Press
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What a fun beginning reader story this was. Mercy is such a fun character and the story is so zany. I mean it is pure fun. Obviously, Mercy goes for a ride in a pink convertible with Mr. Watson and that pig wants to drive. Mrs. Watson is still fixing buttered toast and the neighbors are still quirky.

Kate is able to take a simple and interesting story and reveal the fun of it into this different level. These are marvelous stories about a pig. I enjoy these and the kids enjoy these too. I'll
Sierra Abrams
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
so cute!!

also: can you tell what i've been spending all my time doing? working. i'm a nanny. but at least i love my job, right?
La Coccinelle
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I would've read this one sooner, but I had to wait for it from the library. These books are obviously quite popular, as there's a wait list for all of them.

This is the second book in the Mercy Watson series, and the third book I've read that takes place in this world. As usual, Kate DiCamillo gives readers an entertaining story about the porcine wonder, Mercy Watson. In this installment, Mr. Watson takes Mercy out for their usual Saturday drive in his pink convertible. But the day turns out to
Anya Gupta
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked it when Mercy eats a butter sandwitch.
Mrs. Krajewski
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
My family is officially a Mercy Watson fan! On to #3!
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mercy Watson Fans / Beginning Chapter-Book Readers Who Enjoy Silly Stories
'Porcine wonder' Mercy Watson, whose story began in Mercy Watson to the Rescue, returns in this second chapter-book adventure. Although Mercy enjoys her weekly convertible trips with Mr. Watson, she longs to be the one driving, and when Mr. Watson is distracted by their unexpected stowaway (Baby Lincoln from next door), she sees her chance. Unfortunately for Mercy, her attempt to drive comes just as the convertible is being tailed by Officer Tomilello...

Like its predecessor, Mercy Watson Goes
So darn cute!!!
L11_Ryanne Szydlik
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I have been wanting to read Mercy Watson for some time. I adore all of Kate DiCamillo's books and cherish the lessons each book teaches its reader. This book was such a pleasant surprise. Mercy Watson was hysterical in both the writing and the illustrations. I laughed out loud many times while reading. How could you not laugh about an older couple who truly adores a pig with a mind of its own, a man who's driving is so hazardous because he feels no one should look behind them but always be ...more
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed all of the Mercy Watson series, as did my just turned 7 year old daughter. I liked DiCamillo's witty story and the illustrations that further bring it to life. I highly recommend reading the stories in order as the characters from the earlier books are used throughout the series.

My daughter enjoys reading these books to herself and out loud to me. They fill the gap between traditional early readers and early chapter books. These books are chapters books, however, the vocabulary is not
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a FUN read. The writing was certainly on level for a 6-8 year old. I read it aloud to my 4 year old. She was captivated by the story and I must admit the writing sucked me in too. I found myself wanting to keep turning the pages and sailing through the chapters to see what was going to happen. The characters were interesting and well put together - unlike some of the other characters we have come to meet in early chapter books (who tend to be one dimensional). We had a great time making ...more
Steve Holden
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series was recently on a great sale and I purchased all for my room! I read the second one today, and I feel it follows up the first in a positive way. I love the illustrations and style of this one by Kate DiCamillo, a favorite author of mine. This will be a great addition to our library and I hope my incoming students will enjoy these books as much as I am getting caught up on the works of one the best current children's authors.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A book my 6 yr old loved, a little old for my preschoolers. A solid reading level 3 book, this reader has a good amount of advanced vocabulary words, but not so long that it discourages a new reader. Used it for his read out loud book, which was perfect. It took about 20 mins for him to read and had just enough new vocabulary words to make it challenging. Also, it was a fun and interesting story he could get into. He liked it so much, he asked for more by this author. Great reading book!
Eileen W
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
These Mercy Watson books are all fun. Love the senior ladies who live next door - Eugenia and "Baby" Lincoln. And Police Officer Tomilello. Love how every book ends with Mrs. Watson making Mercy's favorite treat for all present... hot toast "with a great deal of butter." These are simply fun and wholesome books!
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was about a man and a pig and a car. The pig wanted to drive the car and it wanted to have toast. It likes toast. It drived the car and it had toast and they said not to drive the car. I liked that it got toast when it was in trouble and toast was the pig's treat. I didn't like that the people next door hated them. This book was funny because it have a treat when it was bad. (age 7)
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the best aspects of the Mercy Watson books are the illustrations and the clipped sentences. The combination makes these books hilarious! In one scene, where Mercy is happily driving the convertible, we read a sentence about Mr. Watson not being able to feel his legs from the pig on his lap. This is the stuff of out loud laughs in childrens books!
Mercy Watson further exercises a lack of impulse control and drives a car. This was a cute enough story, and I love the Lincoln sisters, but I wasn't thrilled about my son's newly piqued interest in which pedal is the gas and which is the brake. Ugh, thanks, Mercy.
Leah Jay
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This series is so cute! If you haven't read it yet,

well, you should!
Megan (ReadingRover)
Another funny tale of Mercy’s adventures or follies as her neighbor Eugenia would call them. This time she goes out for a ride with Mr. Watson and tries to drive the car. As if that wasn’t bad enough Baby Lincoln also sneaks off along with them. A police chase ensues. Cute book for early readers. Repetitive but that’s what kids need and like right?!? I don’t know I’m not a kid anymore but it seems like a book kids will enjoy.
Ashley Jacobson
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this one better than the first. It’s so funny! All of us were laughing! Mercy is funny and the circumstances are entertaining. There were some things we thought were oversights, but then they were addressed and explained. This also will make your kids want to wear their seatbelts! Haha. I’m glad we really this and will be reading the rest of the series and all the Deckawoo Drive books!
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture-books
Very cute and funny story that my three year old loved enough to ask for the other books in the series.
I love the way that each of the characters has their own voice even though the language of the book overall is so simple. I like how the police officer talks to himself in this book. Natalie and I are enjoying this series.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So happy we found these books- so fun!
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: transitional
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Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for choice novel #2. I have read several of the Mercy Watson books with my nephew and I love them. They are all very colorful, imaginative, and funny. They are great beginning chapter books.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story is very simple, but the wonderful illustrations bumped it up to 4 stars for me.
Lisa W.
Perfect for first chaper readers to feel accomplished with chapters. Bright, bouncy, cheery color illustrations, big bold text. 5-7 sentences per page. 68 pages

School Library Journal Reviews
K-Gr 3 -Another action-packed escapade staring the "porcine wonder." Every weekend, when Mr. Watson takes his pig for a ride in his pink convertible, Mercy must be cajoled out of the driver's seat with the promise of a tasty treat upon their return. One Saturday, their elderly neighbor, Baby Lincoln, stows
Rodricucuz Vaughn
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing

1. Genre: Controlled Vocabulary

2. Mercy Watson goes for a ride is a story about a pig named Mercy who takes a car ride but not just any car ride.

3. critique

a. Mercy Watson takes a ride by Kate DiCamillo is a funny story that children and adults will love to read. This is a great book to read aloud because all of the great moments in the text . This is a very interactive story book . It also teaches children a lesson . Mercy wants to drive the car and when she takes over the wheel by force
Joseph Leskey
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody
My review of the series:

This book is ridiculously humorous. Simply too good for this world, to stretch things into the realm of the untrue.

(Oh, look at that, it started to rain. Fun.)

All the characters are superb. And there being a pig in the series (in fact the series being about a pig) is astoundingly ingenious. I'll right off say that Kate DiCamillo is a natural at writing pigs. This is an expertly written pig. The humans are brilliantly fashioned as
Stephanie Siren
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Type: Picture Book in a novel style (14 chapters)

Genre: Fantasy

Awards: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Nominee (2007)

This book is about Mercy Watson and her family. Every Saturday, Mrs. Watson makes a special meal for Mercy and Mr. Watson. After lunch, Mercy and Mr. Watson go for a drive in the convertible. They are in for a surprise when Mercy thinks its her turn to drive. Mercy hops in the driver seat and of course, she isn't supposed to drive. Baby Lincoln is searching for fun and ends up
Amanda Carpenter
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
DiCamillo, K., & Dusen, C. (2006). Mercy Watson goes for a ride. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press.

Given the Theodor Geisel Award 2007


This picture book is a small chapter book with many descriptive drawings. There is a lot of text but the drawings could tell the story alone. This book was about a pig who has a desire to drive. The pig, Mercy, lives with a couple named Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Mr. Watson drives his convertible around every Saturday and Mercy really wants to drive it.
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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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