Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, Book 2 in Mercy Watson's adventures by Kate DiCamillo,
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Candlewick Press, Published 2006, 73 pages, my copy is a paperback and was released 2009.
This is a chapter book, for ages 6-8, grades 1-3
I'm not happy with my photo of the book, I searched and was unable to find a clearer picture, it could be because the book is lightly pastel colored.
This is a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
Mr. and Mrs. Watson have a pet pig named Mercy. Mercy is a gregarious precocious pig. On Saturday's Mr. Watson takes Mercy for a ride in his pink vintage convertible car. Mercy would love to drive the car, Mr. Watson gently tells her that "porcine wonders cannot drive cars." Mr. and Mrs. Watson and Mercy live next door to Eugenia Lincoln and Baby Lincoln. These two sisters stare at this wonder of a pig being driven by a, "bad menace behind the wheel" driver--Mr. Watson. Soon they are all in a goofball Saturday afternoon adventure, but wait---there maybe a moral to this crazy story!
I loved this book, I read it aloud and laughed several times by the illustrations: the large eyes and open mouth of the smiling pig, the side ways glancing and big toothy smile of Mr. Watson, Baby Lincoln in her mischievous need for excitement.
The story at first glance seems rather silly, but of course enjoyable by a child. Yet, there is a teaching lesson, a needed reminder for parents and children.
The type print is large and easy to read, there is an illustration on at lease every other page, often on every page. A small piece of toast at the bottom of each page holds the page number. Several of the words are used many times as a way of teaching an early reader to recognize and practice repeated words. The story is enjoyable, funny, entertaining, and would hold the attention of a child.