Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride

Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride. Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. 2006. Candlewick Press. 80 pages.

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson have a pig named Mercy. Every Saturday, Mrs. Watson makes a special lunch.

Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride is the second in Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series for young readers. The books are short and funny. If you like quirky. Because even though these books may be for younger readers--a younger audience than Tales of Despereaux and Because of Winn Dixie and Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane--DiCamillo still brings quirky characters to life, still brings plenty of humor.

In this adventure, Mercy decides she wants to do the driving. Mr. Watson knows that pigs should not drive. Even if they are porcine wonders. Even if they're toast-and-butter-loving porcine wonders. But when Mercy decides she wants to do something, well, you better get out of her way. Because this is one stubborn pig! Will Mercy get to do more than ride?!

I liked the introduction of Officer Tomilello. I think he is great fun!

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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