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Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride : The Mercy Watson Series : Book 2 - Kate DiCamillo

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

The Mercy Watson Series : Book 2

By: Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 22nd December 2009
ISBN: 9780763645052
Number Of Pages: 72
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old

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The amiable Mercy Watson takes an automobile ride she'll never forget in the second tale of an ebullient first chapter-book series by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen.

Mr. and Mrs. Watson's porcine wonder, Mercy, loves nothing more than a ride in the car. It takes a fair amount of nudging and bribing and a "You are such a good sport, darling" to get the portly pig out of the driver's seat, but once the convertible is on the road, Mercy loves the feel of the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. One day the Watsons' motoring ritual takes an unexpected turn, however, when their elderly neighbor Baby Lincoln pops up in the backseat in hopes of some "folly and adventure" — and in the chaos that ensues, an exuberant Mercy ends up behind the wheel! Soon there's a policeman on her tail, a struggle for the brake, and a blissfully airborne Mercy. Of course, it's nothing that an extra helping of buttered toast can't fix!

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo has a great talent for presenting some of life’s most sensitive questions to young readers. Her characters struggle with tough issues -- abandonment, death in the family, making new friends, forgiveness -- but with a sense of humor and honesty that carries her audience beyond this struggle, and toward inspiration.

Industry Reviews

With power-charged vocabulary, unexpected twists and turns, and glossy cartoon artwork, this rollicking tale is fuel-injected with humor.
--SLJ's Curriculum Connections

The rich vocabulary of the text, the retro look of the illustrations (including the pink 1959 Cadillac they drive), and the sheer fun of the tale will delight young children.
--Childhood Education

Fans of Mercy Watson will be happy to hear Kate DiCamillo has a new book in her series.
--Detroit Free Press

The story is funny and the art is even funnier.
--Advocate, The (Baton Rouge)

DiCamillo underscores her incredible range with another Mercy Watson book, as silly and satisfying as the first.
--San Francisco Chronicle

Certain to surprise and delight young readers.
--Working Mother Magazine

Van Dusen's larger-than-life characters and retro sensibility extend the dry humor of the situation, and his shiny, rainbow-bright gouache art shoots the energy, especially Mercy's, right off the page. Great for emergent readers.
--Booklist

The second installment in the 'Mercy Watson' series, this choice is certain to produce lots of smiles and laughter.
--Syndicated Column - Kendal Rautzhan

A fresh, fun-filled must-have for those looking to spiff up beginning-chapter-book collections.
--School Library Journal

A spirited outing. . . . Chris Van Dusen's spirited illustrations add to the unbridled fun.
--Sacramento Bee

Great traditional chapter book

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The Mercy Watson book series is a wonderful transitional chapter book. It has engaging and funny characters, delightful illustrations and adds just enough challenge for younger readers - perhaps Year 1 or 2 depending on ability.

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ISBN: 9780763645052
ISBN-10: 0763645052
Series: Mercy Watson
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old
For Grades: 1 - 4
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 72
Published: 22nd December 2009
Publisher: CANDLEWICK BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 16.5  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.23

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Kate DiCamillo

About the Author


I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Clermont, Florida, and currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I write for both children and adults and I like to think of myself as a storyteller.

Here are a few more facts about me: I am short. And loud. I hate to cook and love to eat. I am single and childless, but I have lots of friends and I am an aunt to three lovely children (Luke, Roxanne, and Max) and one not so lovely dog (Henry).

I think of myself as an enormously lucky person: I get to tell stories for a living.

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