Every porcine wonder was once a piglet! Celebrate the joy of a new arrival with this endearing picture-book prequel to the New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series.
Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.
Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, which received the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, which received a Newbery Honor; and THE TIGER RISING, which was named a National Book Award Finalist. She says, “Mercy Watson had… More about Kate DiCamillo
The popular early-reader series about Mercy the pig gets an origin story in this delightful picture book…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. —Booklist
To paraphrase an immortal spider, Mercy is some pig…Younger siblings of the Mercy chapter-book lovers will find their way into the series with this first look, written just for them. —Kirkus Reviews
As ever, Van Dusen’s bright colors and bold characterization joyfully accompany DiCamillo’s story, this time of new and evolving familial love. Established fans will find plenty to appreciate here, while newcomers will be charmed, making this a natural stepping stone to the original series. —Publishers Weekly
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. —School Library Journal