Title: Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen
May Contain Spoilers
To Mr. & Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig–she’s a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watson’s are an excellent source of buttered toast, no to mention that buttery-toast feeling she gets when she snuggles in to bed with them. This is not, however so good for the Watsons’ bed. BOOM! CRACK! Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue is a cute, and very silly story about a pig who loves buttered toast, and the people in her life. When Mr. and Mrs. Watson get into a life or death situation, all of their hopes for rescue are pinned on their beloved pet pig, Mercy. Mercy, being a pig, doesn’t realize the gravity (sorry for the pun!) of their perilous situation, and instead goes off searching for some buttered toast. Through a comedy of errors, her people are rescued, but they need to thank their lucky stars more than Mercy.
This book is for readers aged 4 – 8. There is a ton of action as Mercy trots off in search of her favorite snack, and the events occur rapidly, guaranteeing that wandering attention spans will be kept to a minimum. The colorful illustrations are playful and eye-pleasing, and the book wouldn’t be half as fun without them. There is so much personality packed onto every page that readers young and old alike will have a hard time putting the book down.
Review copy obtained from my local library