Sub-Genre: Humorous Stories, Readers / Chapter Books, Law + Crime, Animals / Pigs, Action + Adventure / General
Series Title: Mercy Watson
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Age Range: 9-12 years
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-6723
“Another rollicking addition starring the porcine wonder. . . . Will keep newly independent readers turning the pages.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he’s just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons’ kitchen right this minute! But little does he know that a certain pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that a comedy of errors will soon lead this little man on the wild and raucous rodeo ride he’s always dreamed of! Nosy neighbors, astonished firemen, a puzzled policeman, and the ever-doting Watsons return for a hilarious adventure.
My 3.5 year old daughter really loves police and other emergency responders. I thought this book would be a bit advanced for her, but the topic of a pig fighting crime seemed like it would interest her. She LOVES it. I had to read it to her (in full) three times on the first day we had it. The story is cute, and there are illustrations throughout the book. We will buy more books about Mercy the pig.