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 Piglet named Mercy (Mercy Watson)
 Author: DiCamillo, Kate

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [30] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 276785 ISBN: 9780763677534
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Pigs -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $23.28

A tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive -- and the Watsons' lives will never be the same! Picture-book prequel to the Mercy Watson series.

 Illustrator: Van Dusen, Chris

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 501423

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/19)
   School Library Journal (04/01/19)
   Booklist (12/15/18)

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Booklist - 12/15/2018 The popular early-reader series about Mercy the pig gets an origin story in this delightful picture book. Mrs. Watson is feeling like life may be too predictable when a tiny piglet falls off a pig truck, almost straight onto the Watsons' porch. Mrs. Watson is delighted. Mr. Watson is a little less enthusiastic but soon becomes enamored of the piglet's porcine charms. Of course there's a villain in the piece, a next-door neighbor, the stuffy Eugenia Lincoln, who does not consider pigs appropriate in the least. Her counterbalance is her sweet sister, Baby Lincoln, who gives the piggy milk and also names her: What a Mercy she is. The story, charming but on the slight side, is bolstered by Van Dusen's sassy, full-page artwork. As in the previous books, the gouache illustrations are polished to a sheen, and happily here have more room to shine. The book's vintage look suits the story well and is sure to entice readers. Old friends and new fans will appreciate this; bring on the toast. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 PreS-Gr 2—In this prequel to the popular beginning reader series, fans will discover how the "porcine wonder" first made her appearance at the ordinary home of Mr. and Mrs. Watson on Deckawoo Drive. DiCamillo depicts the mundane lifestyle of the Watsons, who wish something different would happen. Cue the entrance of one adorable piglet bouncing off "Molson's Pig Transport" and wandering onto their porch with their morning paper. Readers of the series will delight in seeing familiar characters like Eugenia and Baby Lincoln fussing over Mercy's entrance, and discovering how Mercy ends up with her name. Van Dusen's exemplary gouache illustrations perfectly capture the personalities of each character, especially the rambunctious and adorable Mercy. Although not a beginning reader like the rest of the series, this Mercy Watson picture book will appeal to her many fans and will serve as a great introduction for younger children. VERDICT A solid purchase for libraries where Mercy Watson has a following.—Rachel Zuffa, Case High School, Racine, WI - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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