Reviews for Mercy Watson Collection : Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig / Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 August #3

Because of Winn-Dixie , the Newbery Honor-winning debut of Kate DiCamillo, has made such a splash into popular culture that one can even purchase a plush "Winn-Dixie" toy. Her new character Mercy, the "porcine wonder," may be next in the popularity line. Certainly children will relate to this lovable porker, her relentless pursuit of "hot toast with a great deal of butter" and her ability to allow this narrow focus to lead her blindly into unforeseen situations (that, fortunately for her, inadvertently make her into the town hero). Actor-turned-writer Ron McLarty does an excellent job of narrating Mercy's adventures. His voice carries just the right balance of a knowing but friendly authority who himself is charmed by the overly enthusiastic Mercy. His years as a voiceover talent serve him well, allowing him to conjure up wonderful voices for all of the characters. Particularly fun is his cartoonish public official voice for Officer Tomillelo, whose internal dialogue goes like this: "Have laws been broken here? Most certainly, laws have been broken here." Ages 6-9. (June)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 December
K-Gr 2-Energized from the start by a jaunty opening tune, this recording of Kate DiCamillo's two most recent tales about the porcine marvel who loves buttered toast-Mercy Watson Fights Crime (2006) and Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise (both Candlewick, 2007)-never disappoints. Mercy continues to turn Mr. and Mrs. Watson's idyllic life upside down through her escapades. In Mercy Watson Fights Crime, a thief breaks into the Watson's kitchen, but Mercy's love for butter becomes his undoing. In the second tale, Mrs. Watson makes Mercy a princess costume to wear on Halloween and cajoles the reluctant pig into wearing it. Although uncomfortable at first, Mercy ends up thoroughly enjoying the holiday by chasing the Lincoln sisters' cat, beginning an impromptu parade, and snacking on Halloween treats. Carefully read and unpretentiously voiced by Ron McLarty, youngsters will enjoy these easy readers.-Jennifer Verbrugge, Dakota County Library, Burnhaven branch, Burnsville, MN Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.