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A Piglet Named Mercy by [Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen]
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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

Van Dusen's gouache illustrations hit astronomical heights on the adorability meter, and readers will squee-al in delight as rosy-hued baby Mercy bounces through the world on the tips of her tiny trotters. Whether smiling out of her swaddling blanket or flying upside-down and startled from the back of a swine truck, this little piggy is sure to win as many friends among the pre-literate crowd as she has among early readers. Here's hoping mini-Mercy returns for more adventures.
--Shelf Awareness for Readers

Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, who also did the pictures for Ms. DiCamillo's Mercy Watson early-reader series, this charmer relates how it was that a pig came to live in the immaculate precincts of Deckawoo Drive with the adoring and indulgent Mr. and Mrs. Watson...The bubble-gum colors and shiny surfaces of Mr. Van Dusen's pictures (see below) make Mercy's whole world look as though it's made of fondant--fair enough, because it's a very sweet place.
--The Wall Street Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the beloved author of many books for young readers, including the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series. Her books Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux both received Newbery Medals. A former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, she lives in Minneapolis.

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Circus Ship and Hattie & Hudson, and the illustrator of the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series. He lives in Maine. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


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Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Picture Book for Little Ones
Reviewed in Canada on 24 June 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect prequel to an amazing series
Reviewed in Canada on 25 February 2020
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Joel and Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Different format than others. Our toddlers are in love
Reviewed in the United States on 19 April 2019
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Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercy Watson Here She Comes!
Reviewed in the United States on 21 May 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Porcine Prequel
Reviewed in the United States on 15 August 2019
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Jeanine Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely adorable! A must for Mercy fans!
Reviewed in the United States on 4 April 2019
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MDMama
4.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, not a ton of actual story here, but my kids love it
Reviewed in the United States on 14 January 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Endearing!
Reviewed in the United States on 26 May 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and beautiful book!
Reviewed in the United States on 23 April 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author
Reviewed in the United States on 9 October 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable picture book
Reviewed in the United States on 13 April 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Kate D’s best
Reviewed in the United States on 6 June 2019
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Kristin Burroughs
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, but a great introduction to Mercy!
Reviewed in the United States on 25 April 2019
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J. Rife
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story about love
Reviewed in the United States on 2 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children's reaction
Reviewed in the United States on 14 April 2019
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