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 Mercy Watson goes for a ride
 Author: DiCamillo, Kate

 Illustrator: Van Dusen, Chris

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press
 Pub Year: 2006

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 72 p., col. ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 276771 ISBN: 9780763623326
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Subjects:
 Pigs -- Fiction
 Automobile drivers -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $18.61

Summary:
Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure with an unexpected passenger in the back seat and Mercy behind the wheel.

Series:
Mercy Watson


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 106376
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.90
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 40415

Awards:
 Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Honor, 2007

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/06)
   School Library Journal (00/06/06)
   Booklist (05/01/06)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2006 K-Gr 3-Another action-packed escapade staring the "porcine wonder." Every weekend, when Mr. Watson takes his pig for a ride in his pink convertible, Mercy must be cajoled out of the driver's seat with the promise of a tasty treat upon their return. One Saturday, their elderly neighbor, Baby Lincoln, stows away in the backseat. Man and pig speed happily along until Baby reveals her presence. Surprised, Mr. Watson takes his eyes off the road, and Mercy seizes her chance, jumps into his lap, and grabs the wheel. The vehicle zooms along, pursued by a police car. With Mr. Watson unable to reach the brake, it takes some heroics from Baby to save the day. Back at the house, the ever-serene Mrs. Watson manages to mollify everyone-including Baby's crotchety sister and the angry policeman-with a stack of hot buttered toast. Written with simple vocabulary and lots of repetition, the quick-paced narrative flows gracefully and is packed with amusing moments. The glossy, full-color gouache paintings provide visual clues to support the text and add greatly to the humor. The characters' facial expressions are laugh-out-loud funny, and the idealized 1950s setting strikes just the right tone of innocence. A fresh, fun-filled must-have for those looking to spiff up beginning-chapter-book collections.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2006 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/01/2006 Mercy the pig, who proved herself a worthy child substitute in Mercy Watson to the Rescue (2005), is up to her old tricks again. This time the self-absorbed, endearingly naughty Mercy brings many a child’s dream to life: she squeezes herself onto Mr. Watson’s lap and commandeers his beloved 1959 pink Caddy for a joyride. 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. - Copyright 2006 Booklist.

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