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Mercy Watson Fights Crime (Mercy Watson #3)

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Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he’s just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons’ kitchen right this minute! But little does he know that a certain pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that a comedy of errors will soon lead this little man on the wild and ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published August 22nd 2006)
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Ah, Mercy Watson, how my children love thee!

All the Mercy Watson books are perennial favorites around our house and get re-read every few months by both my older girls (ages 6 and 7). This is one series that they can both read themselves, and they are delighted to read them aloud to their little sister. Literarily, the stories are pretty fluffy, but my girls bask in the marshmallowy yumminess. And the pictures, with their fifties retro feel, add greatly to the fun.
Eileen W
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Enrique Suarez-Ojedis
Mercy fought a cowboy who was robbing the Watsons! Mercy got on top of the cowboy and then she ate a candy on him. Then the fire department and the police officers came, and the Watsons, and the Lincolns! Then everybody ate toasts.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It always comes down to buttered toast.
My 6 year old's rating and review.

"Why I give it 5 stars is because there was such an awesome part! It was that the pig Mercy Watson saved the day by sitting on the bad guy until help came. I thought that was funny!"
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-readers
Emma declared this one a hit. We love Mercy Watson!
Audrey Robledo
It was very weird and silly.
Donna Gallant
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edli200
Kate DiCamillo's hilarious Watson family, complete with Mercy the pig who sleeps in a bed and loves buttered toast, is at it again in this very appealing easy reader series, copyright 2006. Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will enjoy the antics of the anthropomorphic pig who unwittingly solves the crime despite the blunders of nearly all the humans involved. The reading level is Fountas & Pinnell J-M.

Characteristic of genre: Like a great easy reader should be, students will be drawn
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Princess in Black series
I've been trying to find easy, but enjoyable, chapter books to read aloud to my 4 year old. We've tried a number of different books, including the first Mercy Watson book, but many are too wordy, or have vocabulary from 50 years ago. (In case others are searching too, the Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale are great, and so so funny).
The first Mercy Watson book wasn't that great, but I decided to give this one a try. And it was pretty good. Enough pictures, short chapters. Hardly any "for
 Mummy Cat Claire
Daughter picked up this book from the school library. I've never heard of this series but have heard of the author. Daughter was super excited about her find. She thinks a pig named Mercy is pretty funny.

Mercy loves toast and butter and when a thief tries to get away with the family toaster, she wakes up and inadvertently takes him down.

This is a chapter book with simple, short chapters. There are some tough words but my daughter was able to read the book. The book offers good discussion for c
Rosa Cline
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, 2017
This was a fun chapter book. Although a chapter book wasn't a hard read at all... my special needs adult son and I sat and read it through along with a few other smaller books.

Mercy is a pig that loves toast. And in the middle of the night when a burglar is in her house she thinks because of the sounds he is making toast. So she sets off for down stairs and that sets of a chain of events that will bring giggles and smiles to your face
Bonnie Arriola
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 2-4
70 pages; Funny story of Mercy catching a thief in the middle of a robbery at his home. Highly recommended for ES; Grades 2nd-4th
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun for the whole family.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 2 year old and I absolutely love Mercy and her adventures. The images are great and go so well and the story is fun and engages the interest of young and old.
Oliver James
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading with siblings the whole series.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ellie
Ellie is going through all the Mercy Watson's at the library this summer...krb 7/3/17
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read chapters 12, 13, and 14 ... as he had read the others at school ... finished the last two in twenty minutes.
I listened to this one as an audiobook with my 3 year old son. It was a funny and entertaining story. I love the cast of characters in this series!
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in second grade GO KICK SOME CRIME BUTT!!
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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here we have the introduction to Leroy ninker, there's an offshoot series with him in one of the stories.
Angkat topi buat Kate DiCamillo + kecup di jidat juga sekalian~ *kemudian nge-Google Image fotonya Kate DiCamillo*

Jadi beberapa hari lalu gue diberi tugas yang salah satunya adalah membacakan buku cerita kepada anak-anak kelas 6 SD yang sebentar lagi akan naik ke kelas 1 SMP.
Aduh udah lama ngga bacain cerita ke banyak anak-anak, bu guru jadi nervous.. *pake deodoran super dry di ketek.*
Dari sekian banyak buku di library yang gue pilih buat dibacain ke anak-anak tersebut, buku ini adalah salah sa
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mercy the pig lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson in their house. Mercy is tucked into bed in his bedroom one night. The Watsons also go to bed. Everyone is sleeping soundly. Leroy Ninker enters the kitchen of the Watson’s house to steal from them. While taking the toaster, he scrapes it along the counter. Mercy wakes up immediately as this sound means someone is making toast with butter, his favorite. Mercy got up and investigated, but found no toast. Disappointed, Mercy went back to sleep on the ki ...more
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Mercy is the spoiled but nice pet pig belonging to the very flakey Mr. and Mrs. Watson. One night their house is robbed by Leroy Ninker, "a small man with a big dream." Leroy wanted to be a cowboy but was currently a not very good thief. While trying to steal the toaster he scrapes it along the counter. Mercy jolts awake, she knows that sound. That's the toaster, that means toast, which means butter! (Buttered toast is Mercy's favorite food.) In her attempt to fi
Joseph Leskey
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, humor
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 well
Alison Clark
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think you should read this book because it is funny and good at the same time.
Quenby Anne
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Courtney Umlauf
When Mercy Watson hears the toaster being pulled across the kitchen counter in the middle of the night, she runs downstairs expecting to find her favorite treat, buttered toast. But instead of toast, she finds a thief! Mercy saves the day when she captures the thief all by herself.

This series from Kate DiCmillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux is perfect for kids just starting out in chapter books. They're positive, fun, and so well written. I recommend checking out an
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