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Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy Watson Fights Crime

by Kate DiCamillo

Other authors: Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)

Series: Mercy Watson (3)

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That buttered-toast-loving pig with a penchant for trouble, Mercy Watson, whose adventures began in Mercy Watson to the Rescue and continued in Mercy Goes for a Ride, returns for her third adventure in this entertaining chapter-book. Awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of the toaster being moved - surely a sign that toast is being made! - Mercy surprises a pint-sized burglar named Leroy Ninker, who dreams of being a cowboy. Needless to say, Mercy's actions (however inadvertent) save the day...

I enjoyed Mercy Watson Fights Crime quite a bit, finding it (unlike many sequels) every bit as entertaining as its predecessors. Mercy herself is a winsome character who, with her inadvertent and unconscious participation in various human interactions around her, reminds me a bit of Judith Kerr's Mog (of Mog the Forgetful Cat). Coming from a Mog fan, that is, of course, high praise. With vividly colorful illustrations that add to the fun, an amusing tale of a toast-obsessed pig and a would-be burglar who longs to be a cowboy, and a cast of appealing secondary characters, many of whom appeared in the previous two entries in the series, this third Mercy Watson story is a winner! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jun 30, 2016 |
The third installment of the Mercy Watson series recounts a night in which Mercy, the Watson's beloved pet pig, stopped a burglary. The whole story is soaked in humor because Mercy is unaware that her actions are actually saving the day because she is in pursuit of toast, and her actions happen to correlate just right to stop the burglar. The whole town gets involved in this unusual and hilarious case, ending with Mercy being a neighborhood hero. I'm not sure if this book would be considered fantasy because while many of Marcy's actions are unlikely, none are false for a pig. I think that this book is an okay portrayal of fantasy, as the events and themes are not too far reaching, but the books main purpose is to entertain and be comedic, which I feel it does very well. I think this would be a good early chapter book to have in my classroom library because it's engaging and simple enough for students to explore on their own, but it would also be a fun one to read for entertainment as a whole class.

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  ShelbyEllis | Apr 15, 2016 |
The third installment of the Mercy Watson books, Mercy is back at it, this time stopping a thief from stealing from the Watsons! Mercy saves the day (unintentially! all she wanted was some buttery toast!) and is rewarded with her favorite treat at the end. This book is short and sweet and can easily be read by 7 yrs old and up! ( )
  SimoneAlexis | Dec 12, 2014 |
In the third book of the Mercy Watson series, Mercy the pig saves the day by catching the thieve who tries to steal from the Watson house. Unintentionally, Mercy catches the thieve by searching for the buttery toast she think someone is cooking. Throughout the story, the mean sister Eugenia think Mercy is at fault because pigs are not house pets, but once again Mercy becomes a hero and is rewarded at the end with toast. This book in the series is good for children because it teaches them that anyone can make a difference in helping others. ( )
  cindyofili | May 24, 2014 |
Mercy Watson is a pig who unknowingly catches a robber trying to break into her family's home. She does so when she is woken up by the sound of the toaster and then smells the sweet smell of butter on the robber's breath. She drags him out of her family's home and soon enough the police are called by Mercy's old lady neighbors. The police catch the robber and Mercy saves the day!
  Colbi | Mar 15, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763625906, Hardcover)

The beguiling porcine wonder turns bucking bronco to snare a robber in this hilarious new addition to the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series.

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! As he drags the toaster across the counter — screeeeeech — and drops it into his bag — clannngggg — little does he know that a certain large pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that comedy of errors (not to mention the buttery sweets in his pocket) 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 new tongue-in-snout adventure about Kate DiCamillo's delightfully single-minded pig.

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Mercy the pig's love of buttered toast leads to the capture of a small thief who would rather be a cowboy.

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Editions: 0763625906, 076364952X

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