A PIGLET NAMED MERCY, by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, Candlewick Press


Every porcine wonder was once a piglet! Celebrate the joy of a new arrival with this endearing picture-book prequel to the New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series.

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.

approx. 32 pages

Out April 2, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you don’t recognize the name of this author, she wrote among others, Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which received Newberry Medals. The unique artwork is the prized talent of the author-illustrator of several picture books, including The Circus Ship and Hattie & Hudson.

Kate DiCamillo is a children’s author I’ve admired especially because of her book, The Tale of Despereaux. I absolutely adored that book!

I’ve been seeing a lot of her books about Mercy Watson and finally decided to check one out and I’m so glad I had.

What a sweet and loveable pig and a perfect family to make it all come together in a wonderful tale! Chris Van Dusen captures Mercy’s personality perfectly in his artwork and brings this little charmer to life!

There are many other Mercy adventures published and available to the public; I recommend you go out and get at least one for your child. They will soon want more. I do! lol

This particular book is actually the prequel to the New York Times best-selling chapter book series but in a picture book format. Its hardcover alone is brilliant yellow with the sweetest little piglet in the bottom corner, however, the dust jacket is even better with Van Dusen’s glorious illustration capturing little Mercy perfectly on paper.

This book is a keeper and will stay on my shelf.

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