Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Mercy Watson thinks like a pig

Mercy Watson thinks like a pig

Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator:  Chris Van Dusen 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
Candlewick Press, 2008   ISBN: 978-0763632656

It is a lovely warm sunny day and Eugenia and Baby Lincoln have planted a row of petunias around their house. Unfortunately for the elderly sisters, their neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Watson, have a pig called Mercy who thinks that petunias are quite tasty. When Eugenia sees that Mercy has eaten her flowers she loses her temper in a truly spectacular way. Eugenia has had enough of Mercy and her doings and decides to call animal control to complain about the pig.

In no time at all Animal Control Officer Francine Poulet is on her way. The officer is very confident about her abilities to catch a wayward pig and thinks that this might be "a career expanding opportunity."

Meanwhile Baby Lincoln runs over the Watson house next door and tells Mr. and Mrs. Watson that an "Unmentionable Horror" will soon be descending on them.

Mercy Watson fans will surely love this deliciously, ridiculously funny story. Once again the pig who loves buttered toast more than almost anything has a narrow escape. For readers who have not yet had the privilege of meeting Mercy Watson, this will be a treat. Once again Chris Van Dusen has produced delightful illustrations that perfectly compliment Kate DiCamillo's prose.



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