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MERCY WATSON THINKS LIKE A PIG

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Ah, summer. While Mr. Watson, Mrs. Watson, and Mercy (their pet pig) enjoy some fresh lemonade, Eugenia Lincoln and Baby Lincoln decide to create a beautiful yard. Mercy thinks they taste wonderful. Eugenia Lincoln thinks its time to get rid of Mercy! While she is calling Animal Control, Mercy disappears. The question is, who will find her first? Mercy Watson stars in this humorous illustrated chapter book for young readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, learning to read, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Read with a nearly 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loves Mercy Watson, and now that she is beginning to read, she likes being able to help us with the story. Although this is a chapter book, she always wants to read the whole thing in one sitting.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun series. They are easy to read and the illustrations are as delightful as the story. We are still at the point where we read more words than our daughter, but with each reading, her word recognition grows.

Pros: Everyone can enjoy this illustrated chapter book about Mercy, a "porcine wonder."

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that is fun to share with pre-readers and will be a great "comfort book" for them as they are later learning to read.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MERCY WATSON FIGHTS CRIME   A CAMPING SPREE WITH MR. MAGEE   DAISY DAWSON IS ON HER WAY (Daisy Dawson Series)

Educational Themes: There are lots of ways to expand this book. For reluctant and remedial readers, it offers a sophisticated story that will help them laugh AND practice reading. There are a number of themes you can explore: being a good neighbor, caring for pets, being a good pet-owner neighbor, problem solving (did Eugenia really need to call Animal Control?), loyalty, friendship, and being/getting lost.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 3.0

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, easy reader series, adventure, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2008

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