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What You Need to Know:
• This is a hilarious series that highlights DiCamillos zany, dry humor.
• It is also a fine example of a wonderfully symbiotic relationship between author and illustrator. Chris Van Dusen's
   terrific and appealing illustrations only add hilarity to an already uproarious text.
• The book itself is a hybrid between picture book and early chapter book, making for both a great read-aloud
   experience and a perfect book for the new reader to attempt on their own.
Sweet Series Background:
Kate DiCamillo does it again with this winning Learning to Read, SR, series.  The critically-acclaimed author of both The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Tale of Despereaux, has created a wonderful series for the younger reader. DiCamillo's writing talent, combined here with Chris Van Dusen's terrific illustrations, makes the Mercy Watson series not to be missed!

DiCamillo's characters include the Watsons, the loving, albeit misguided owners of Mercy, their pet pig. They adore Mercy, and lavish great attention and care on her as if she were human, she even has her own room. Other characters that make appearances in all the books include the neighbors, the Lincoln Sisters and the clumsy Firemen and Policemen. Each character plays a different role in each story's plot, but are all consistently bumbling and hilarious.
Sweet Book Summary:
Mercy is Mr. and Mrs. Watson's pet pig and the apple of their eye.  Mercy Watson to the Rescue is the second in this adorable series, which as of July, 2009, will be six in all.  Another typical Saturday in the Watson family that begins with a leisurely drive and ends with a screwball adventure (and hot, buttered toast). The usual characters are back: Mr. and Mrs. Watson, naive and loving, the Porcine Wonder, Mercy, the cranky neighbor Eugenia, her much more likable sister, Baby, and a rather daft, but kind police officer.

Hilarity ensues when Mercy takes the wheel and Baby pops up from her hiding place in the back seat.  You and your young reader will most enjoy this adventure.  Again, Van Dusen's illustrations will have you laughing and DiCamillo's droll telling of the story combine to create comedy both you and the young reader will relish.  
Author: Kate Dicamillo Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen Published: 2006, 73 pages
Themes: Animals, Humor, Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations, Extraordinary Language, Adventure
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Mercy Watson to the Resue, Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson Fights Crime, Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise, Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig, Kate DiCamillo
 

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