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faina
Great book for a child just learning to read. Get ready for making toast every time this book appears. Mercy is a pig who lives in a house and enjoys buttered toast. She loves it so much that even when second floor starts to cave in, she runs off looking for buttered toast. The kids I read this book to snuggle up with their buttered toast as we cuddle up to read Mercy Watson to the Rescue. Any book by Kate DiCamillo is a treasure.
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beverlee
This is a great series for early readers who want to read chapter books (most are too difficult) and are bored with the typical easy reader books. The story is laugh out loud funny and the illustrations are fabulous. An excellent quality book which makes a great gift.
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tanya falke
The story is amusing, but seriously, is it possible that children's books in the US still have no non-white characters? Seriously? As a first chapter book, it is engaging for my toddler, but I really missed seeing the full diversity of the US.
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corrycox
After what I've experienced as disappointing (disastrous) reads from DiCamillo, I finally have to admit that this short-chaptered, easily-readable, exaggeratedly-spaced (to make the book look bigger), little book is rather cute: preposterously fanciful, humorously silly, and with an obvious twist (stated right in the title). The latter doesn't matter, though, critically speaking; what matters is that the story is fun and should be engaging for the beginning-chapter crowd. Follett says the mathematically-arrived-at reading level is 2.7; yeah, I guessed third grade, with an interest range of grades 1-3. Each brief chapter can be read in 1-2 minutes; the whole book in less than 20. It's actually good enough for a daily read-aloud gathering, assuming the adult read-alouder doesn't want something more sophisticated, more suspenseful, more climatic--all, heck, forget that: sometimes they just want a fun read. (Nevertheless, I doubt that I could take a series of Mercy Watson....)
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catherine chalk
Mercy Watson is a good charactor very funny and detailed! My favorite part is when Mercy Watson gets on a chase. With Eugenia and then they went around the yard! Then finally Eugenia catches Mercy.
Mercy Watson is a curious, fat, big, pig, who loves toast with a great deal of butter.
grace-9

I like this book because first of all there is a pig living in a house and that is pretty funny! My favorite charecter is Eugenia she is Mr. and Mrs. Watson's neibor she is a grandma there is another younger and nicer grandma that lives there too but peoplel call her baby.I like the part where the Watson's are all dreaming and they wake up with a BOOM!! its a really funny story! This is a great book for ages 7-9 I love it hope you like it too!
-GRETA
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jinna hagerty
The story is amusing, but seriously, is it possible that children's books in the US still have no non-white characters? Seriously? As a first chapter book, it is engaging for my toddler, but I really missed seeing the full diversity of the US.
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brigitte
After what I've experienced as disappointing (disastrous) reads from DiCamillo, I finally have to admit that this short-chaptered, easily-readable, exaggeratedly-spaced (to make the book look bigger), little book is rather cute: preposterously fanciful, humorously silly, and with an obvious twist (stated right in the title). The latter doesn't matter, though, critically speaking; what matters is that the story is fun and should be engaging for the beginning-chapter crowd. Follett says the mathematically-arrived-at reading level is 2.7; yeah, I guessed third grade, with an interest range of grades 1-3. Each brief chapter can be read in 1-2 minutes; the whole book in less than 20. It's actually good enough for a daily read-aloud gathering, assuming the adult read-alouder doesn't want something more sophisticated, more suspenseful, more climatic--all, heck, forget that: sometimes they just want a fun read. (Nevertheless, I doubt that I could take a series of Mercy Watson....)
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k m kirkpatrick
Mercy Watson is a good charactor very funny and detailed! My favorite part is when Mercy Watson gets on a chase. With Eugenia and then they went around the yard! Then finally Eugenia catches Mercy.
Mercy Watson is a curious, fat, big, pig, who loves toast with a great deal of butter.
grace-9

I like this book because first of all there is a pig living in a house and that is pretty funny! My favorite charecter is Eugenia she is Mr. and Mrs. Watson's neibor she is a grandma there is another younger and nicer grandma that lives there too but peoplel call her baby.I like the part where the Watson's are all dreaming and they wake up with a BOOM!! its a really funny story! This is a great book for ages 7-9 I love it hope you like it too!
-GRETA
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amir kiani
Do you like funny books? If you like funny books you will like Mercy Watson. You should read the book Mercy Watson. Mercy is a scerdy cat like wen she had to sleep in the pernts bed because she didnt like the dark. The cherters are good! Like Eugina is old but she runs fast! She makes the story inaeresting. Mercy is funny like wen she had a drime that was about eting 103 peeses of toast! I give this book 5 stars. Do you agre with me?

You Shod read Mercy Watson. Mercy is a fonny cerictr in the book. Like when the bed was about to fall through the foor she jumped out of the bed and caused the fire department to come but not on purpose. She really just wanted cookies! Mercy gets treted like a hyumin like when mrs and mr Watson sang her to bed with a llullaby. Mercy can do things that pigs cant do. Like when Mercy can owpin the front dor. You shod read Mercy Watson. It is a good book!

I like Mercy Watson book because is funny. Because in night he was sleep and the bed was brok. Mercy Watson is funny because she want the bed. Mercy Watson was scared becasue Mercy can not sleep. You shoad read Mercy Watson. I like Mercy Watson because is food pichrs. This book is a 5 star book.
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dan dimaggio
MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE is a rollicking romp of a story about a beloved young pig named Mercy who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson in a comfortable family home. Mercy finds adventure and excitement at every turn in his simple suburban neighborhood when all he wants is some hot buttered toast.

Mercy, the pig, is a single-minded, simple creature. His love for hot buttered toast and his quest to find a snack sets the stage for all kinds of adventure. When Mercy jumps into bed with his owners, the Watsons, the bed begins sinking into the floor. The Watsons think Mercy is running for help when he jumps off the bed. What they don't know is that he is hunting for hot buttered toast. Mercy sets off late at night through the neighborhood and stirs up all kinds of trouble. Will Mercy get help for the Watsons, or will he just fulfill his late night craving for toast?

Mercy meets up with kind Baby Lincoln and her cranky older sister, Eugenia Lincoln, on his late night travels. MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE is filled with plenty of good clean fun and hijinks. It is short enough to be enjoyed in one evening like a picture book or spread out over several evenings if a young child is just learning to read.

Kate DiCamillo is a very talented and versatile author. This new series about Mercy is aimed at a much younger audience than her previous novels, which include the much loved BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE and the Newbery Award-winning THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX. I think that younger readers will enjoy her storytelling just as much as older elementary school kids have. Chris Van Dusen adds to the enjoyment of the story with his colorful, sunny illustrations, which bring the character of Mercy to life.

Young readers will gobble up each new installment of this series just like Mercy gobbles up his hot buttered toast every morning.

--- Reviewed by Renee Kirchner ([email protected])
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matthew golden
Great book for readers ready for chapter books, but not ready for My Weird School or larger chapter books. These and Ricky Ricotta are fantastic. I wish there were more! My 9yo son loves Mercy Watson. He thinks they are funny, he can read them and understand what's going on, and he can pass the Reading Counts quiz (and they _are_ on reading counts!). Perfect. Thank you Kate DiCamillo!
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judie
We love the Mercy series. When my daughter turned four, I wanted to find an early-level chapter book to read her. We tried Amelia and Junie B but found the content a little sassy and mature. I love the writing style of the Mercy books. I actually looked at the negative reviews here to see how anyone wouldn't love these books! Most of the negative reviews relate to performance issues on the Kindle. These are such sweet and silly stories that we will read for years!
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michelle morar
All of the Mercy Watson books are a welcome addition to early reading libraries everywhere. Here are significant books (most average about 60 pages) that make an emerging reader feel all grown up. Word choice and sentence structure are appropriate for this level of reader. Chapters? Yes! But short, 3 - 6 pagers with plenty of illustrations to encourage progress. My first grader loves completing each chapter and they provide excellent stopping points when we've had enough for the reading session. And above and beyond all these excellent features for new readers...the stories are just a delight. Fun and funny misadventures and misunderstandings have the reader drawn in from the very start. Can't recommend enough.
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sarah blaser
Mr. and Mrs. Watson are the proud owners of Mercy, their pampered pig, in this adorable chapter book. In this first adventure, Mercy climbs into bed with the Watsons' one night and they soon find themselves in distress when the bed collapses under their combined weight. It's Mercy to the rescue (sort of) when a trip to the neighbors house results in a call to the fire department and the rescue of Mr. and Mrs. Watson from their collapsing bed. Mercy is treated as a hero and given his favorite dish of all - hot buttered toast! The story is fun and active, but the best part of this book isn't the writing - it's the illustrations. The cartoon-like drawings are fun, retro, and extremely vibrant, and perfectly capture Mercy in his adventures. The illustrations add everything to this book and the thoughtful details in the drawings made it a very fun read. Recommended!
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brandon petry
I really reccomend this book because some people would really get a kick out of it like I did! Mercy really loves to eat waffles , and Mercy always dreams about them too. I really hope you will think the same that I did about this book! Sometimes it's funny and sometimes it can be a mystery and other times you might think it will become sad but it all ties up in the end! My favorite part in the book is when Mercy kept on dreaming about her waffles and butter! I hope you will like this book as much as I did too! Once again it is a great book! I hope you like it too!
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badawy elsbeia
For Mercy's sake, a porker with a personality! How much fun is that? The trouble this precious, pampered pet causes is hilarious.

You won't be able to put this book down; it's a real page-turner. Enough twists and turns to keep you intrigued without dragging the story out. A fun, interesting adventure in reading.

Mercy is a captivating new character. I hope she returns with many more adventures. Don't miss out on this reading treat! Get your copy today!
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melissa oviatt
Mercy Watson to the Rescue, by Kate DiCamillo, is a wonderful chapter book for beginning readers. Mercy Watson, a lovable family member, who happens to be a pig, embarks on many adventures throughout the night and into the morning. The adventure begins when Mercy realizes she is afraid of the dark, and she makes her way into her parent's bed where she feels warm and safe. As they sleep dreaming, they are awakened by a loud boom followed by a crack in the floor that leaves their bed hanging out of the ceiling. As Mercy jumps off the bed and runs out of the room, Mr. and Mrs. Watson believe she is going for help, when in reality she is in search of her favorite meal, hot buttered toast. Unable to find the toast, Mercy wonders where she can get a snack. She remembers her neighbor, Baby Lincoln, likes sugar cookies and shares. Upon remembering this, Mercy ventures over to her neighbors house and pecks on her bedroom window. Thinking Mercy is a monster, Baby Lincoln screams, and awakens her sister, Eugenia Lincoln, who calls the fire department. As the evening continues, the adventures do as well. What will Mercy do? Will she get help for her parents? Will Mr. and Mrs. Watson be saved? What about the Lincoln sisters?

I enjoyed reading this story, and found it hard to put down once I started reading it. The story, along with the wonderful picture illustrations, kept my attention and interest. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I believe young children will enjoy reading what happens to Mercy Watson in this book, as well as, in her upcoming adventures.
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anasbawazir
My niece was not inspired by any chapter books. The clerk at a local bookstore recommended this series and BAM!--the niece was hooked. My only question is: can Kate DiCamillo write these fast enough to satisfy a book-hungry seven-year-old?

This is also a great book to read out loud. The characters and humor jump off the page, even when a non-actor such as myself attempts to "do voices."
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yolanda
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate Dicamillo

This was a fun book to read. The chapters flowed very well together. I kept thinking to myself that if I were a younger reader (ages 6-8), I would probably feel very grown-up reading this book, because it's the same size as adult books, but the font is bigger, and there are a lot of great illustrations to help tell the story.

I also enjoyed the personification of Mercy, the pig, who was portrayed as a member of the Watson family, who sleeps in her own bed, in her own room, and her owners are more like her parents. Children can relate to this depiction more easily. Mercy has childish qualities, such as being afraid of the dark and climbing into bed with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. She has a favorite food, which she even dreams about. She has a favorite nieghbor, because Baby Lincoln is nice to Mercy and shares cookies with her.

Some silly tones in this book include Baby Lincoln's older sister who lives with her, who is the antgonist to Mercy. She believes pigs belong on a farm, not in thier own bed, or at the kitchen table eating toast. There is a funny twist to this story that leads Mercy to be a hero in her owner's eyes, but not

necessarily Mercy's intent.....

The early reader could easily get attached to Mercy and her adventures, and I like that her story continues in other books as well.
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maria perez de arrilucea
one character is mean all the other characters are nice.My favorite character is Mercy because Mercy loves buttered toast and I do too. At the end of every Mercy book they always have buttered toast . the book is awesome. you can read this.
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yaelle glenn
And be prepared to laugh your way through this gem of an early chapter book. The whole family will be entertained by the pig who loves hot buttered toast ... and her non-stop adventure in heroism. An excellent gift for the new reader ... and a sure-to-make-them-smile reading pleasure for everyone else.
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emilie vleminckx
This book is enjoyable for any young child. The story has humor and conflict that makes it a quick and interesting read. The pictures make it appealing and help tell the humorous story. Mercy Watson is a bit of a spoiled pig. He gets tucked into bed with a bedtime song and an abundance of hot buttered bread which happens to be his favorite snack. A catastrophe happens one night when he sneaks in bed with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Will Mercy get help before it too late? Read the adventure that Mercy goes on to find out if he becomes a hero.
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