Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

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Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
Written by Kate DiCamillo
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN-10: 0763645052
ISBN-13: 9780763645052
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Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

author: Kate DiCamillo
illustrator: Chris Van Dusen

series name:
Mercy Watson

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!

The New York Times best-selling porcine wonder finds herself behind the wheel in this hilarious adventure available in paperback.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$5.99 / $8.00
isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763645052 /  9780763645052
on sale date:
12/2009
type/format:
Fiction - First Chapter Book / Trade Paperback
age range:
5 yrs - 8 yrs
# of pages/size:
80 / 6 3/8" x 8 3/16"
grade range:
Kindergarten - Grade 3
 
subjects:
Action & Adventure; Animals; Readers; Humorous Stories; Transportation;
author’s comments:
Kate DiCamillo is the award-winning author of The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. She says, "A long time ago, my best friend's son, Luke Bailey, put a toy pig in a toy car and pushed the car around the living room, screaming, 'Look, look, pig taking a ride! Pig taking a ride!' During the next few hours, this phrase was repeated with such shocking volume and intensity that it took up permanent residence in my brain. Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride is the direct product of Luke's obsession and mine, a decade or so after the fact. Look, Luke, pig taking a ride!"
illustrator’s comments:
Chris Van Dusen illustrated the first book in the Mercy Watson series, Mercy Watson to the Rescue. He says, "I have four brothers (no sisters!), and cars were a big part of my upbringing. So when I read this story about a wild car ride, I couldn't wait to get started. I made the Watson convertible a 1959 because I love old cars with lots of chrome, fins, and style. It was also great to visit these characters again. We're becoming good friends!"
 
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