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Mercy Watson goes for a ride

By: DiCamillo, Kate.
Contributor(s): Van Dusen, Chris [illustrator.] | Van Dusen, Chris | Van Dusen, Chris (Illustrator).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson: ; DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson: 2.; DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson: 02.Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2006Edition: First edition.Description: 72 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0763623326; 9780763623326.Subject(s): Swine -- Juvenile fiction | Automobile driving -- Juvenile fiction | Humourous stories -- Juvenile fiction | Watson, Mercy (Fictitious character) -- Juvenile fiction | Swine -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction | Car driving -- Children's fiction -- Fiction | Children's humourous stories -- FictionGenre/Form: Humorous fiction. | Humorous fiction -- Juvenile fiction. | Picture books | Children's fiction.DDC classification: [E] Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description Awards: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor book, 2007.Summary: Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favourite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel. Suggested level: junior, primary.Summary: Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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!

Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favourite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel. Suggested level: junior, primary.

Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor book, 2007.

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Sequel to: Mercy Watson to the rescue.

Followed by: Mercy Watson fights crime.

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Publishers Weekly Review

The buttered-toast-loving porker is back in the paper-over-board Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Chris Van Dusen. When Mr. Watson takes Mercy for their customary Saturday drive, a surprise in the back seat takes them for a turn. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Mercy the pig, who proved herself a worthy child substitute in ercy 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. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2006 Booklist

Horn Book Review

In her second and third adventures, Mercy, the buttered-toast-loving ""porcine wonder"" and almost-human pet of the Watson family, unexpectedly foils a robber (Crime)and drives a pink Cadillac (Ride). The bright, cheery gouache paintings, with their caricatures of the shiny, chubby Watsons and the thin Lincoln sisters, winkingly portray a sunny world of suburbia. [Review covers these titles: Mercy Watson Fights Crime and Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

She's back! Mercy, the porcine wonder, is back in all her buttered-toast eating glory. It's Saturday, time for a ride in the pink convertible. But, does Mercy like to ride or drive? Drive! Only Mrs. Watson's promise of extra helpings of hot buttered toast can get this clever pig to scoot across the front seat and enjoy the weekly adventure. And when next-door neighbor Baby Lincoln hankers for a little adventure of her own, the fun really begins. From the toast icons that surround the page numbers, to faux-tape spine, and hilariously gaudy over-the-top illustrations, this is a throw-back in the best sense of the word. When Mercy ends up sitting on top of Mr. Watson in the driver's seat and Baby has to crawl over the seat to help out, it's hard not to think of Lucy, Ethel and Ricky caught in another pickle. All's well that ends well, of course, and that means everyone can celebrate with a stack of toast and an extra pat of butter. (Fiction. 6-8) Copyright ┬ęKirkus Reviews, used with permission.