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Author: Kate DiCamillo

Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: There is no such thing as a quiet night at the Watson house. While everyone is sleeping, Leroy Ninker comes to the Watson house to steal their things. When Mercy heard the 'clank' of her beloved toaster, she decided to investigate ... but then she fell asleep. Just as Leroy is making his escape, Mercy jumps into action. Will anyone wake up to help Mercy? Can she save the day? This book is part of the early reader series featuring Mercy, the Watson's pet pig.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Started reading with a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter has been enjoying Mercy Watson stories for days. After the first night, she asked if there were any more to read! Now she looks forward to re-reading them (and giggling, of course).

Adult Reader Reaction: We are happy to oblige the requests for the Mercy Watson books. She is, indeed, a porcine wonder, and the stories are sophisticated enough for parents to enjoy, too.

Pros: This illustrated chapter book is fun for readers and listeners alike. It is filled with humor, clever writing, expressive and great illustrations, and an action-packed plot that is perfect for family reading.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a fun set of stories to share more than once. These could easily be part of the collection of books your saving for your grandkids.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE   DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE (I Can Read! Series, Level 1)   YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU! Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together

Educational Themes: Mercy Watson stories are for enjoying. For young readers (including reluctant and remedial readers), they offer a chance to practice and expand your reading vocabulary. Still, there are themes you can develop: how to notify the police if you see a crime and home safety.

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

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2007

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