Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
Book Five of Six
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Candlewick Press, July, 2008
Early chapter book, ISBN 978-0-7636-3265-6
Can Mercy Watson outwit … Animal Control? The porcine wonder’s on the lam in her latest tongue-in-snout adventure!
Eugenia and Baby Lincoln may live next door to a pig, but that doesn’t stop them from living a gracious life. And the amiable Mercy Watson is equally determined to follow the delightful scent (and delicious taste) of the pansies her thoughtful neighbors are planting to beautify their yard. “Where have all the flowers gone?” shouts Eugenia, who is finally ready to take extreme measures—and dial Animal Control! Has Mercy’s swine song come at last? Or will her well-pampered instincts keep her in buttered toast?
Read the Reviews
Mercy Watson fans will surely love this deliciously, ridiculously funny story … Chris Van Dusen has produced delightful illustrations that perfectly compliment Kate DiCamillo’s prose. (Looking Glass Review)
As always, Mercy is a blue ribbon winner. The characters are hilarious, partly because they are so true to life. Illustrator Chris Van Dusen’s pictures add to the story (Francine Poulet’s license plate reads “CLUCK”; Mercy’s bowl of lemonade is garnished with a slice of lemon). Young fans no doubt already find themselves craving a new Mercy story in much the same way that the porcine wonder pines for hot crunchy toast dripping with butter. (KidsReads.com)
Funny, giggly, and silly…hilarious, bold, brightly colored illustrations that almost glow. (Record-Courier, Ravenna, Ohio)