Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mercy Watson's porcine hijinks are always worth a read. In this book, the first in the series, Mercy gets scared at night, and so decides to go sleep with her owners, Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Being the kind people that they are (the kind of kind people who would give a pig her own bed in her own room and sing to her every night), the Watsons have no problem with this, and they all blissfully fall asleep. Unfortunately, the added weight of the pig makes the bed start to fall through the floor, and all three are jarred from their peaceful slumber. Mr. Watson tells everyone not to move, but Mercy gets hungry, and jumps off of the bed to search for some of her favorite food, toast with lots of butter on it. The Watsons, convinced that she is going to get help, cheer her on. When Mercy finds no toast waiting for her in the kitchen, she is forced to take her search for snacks elsewhere-- to the neighbors. Mercy's unconcern for the predicament her beloved owners are in and her fixation on food above all else make for a very silly story. The artwork is very colorful and skillfully done. The style, and the shininess of people's faces, brings to mind the wholesome art of the 50's. Recommended for grades 1-3.

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