Mercy Watson is Missing!

Mercy Watson is Missing!
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December 05, 2023
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Every favorite character from Kate DiCamillo’s New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books makes an appearance in this extended, riotously funny series crescendo.

When Mercy Watson the pig goes missing, all of Deckawoo Drive is in an uproar. The Watsons are inconsolable, and the local police, fire, and animal control departments are no help whatsoever. Bossy neighbor Eugenia Lincoln is not quite as sad as she might be, but thankfully her sister, Baby Lincoln, has the idea to hire a private investigator. Granted, Percival Smidgely, PI, may be more bumbler than gumshoe, but his pigeon, Polly, is there to point the way. Meanwhile, Frank and Stella Endicott and Stella’s friend Horace Broom are ready to do some investigating of their own. Will the clever neighborhood sleuths manage to follow the trail of hoofprints—and a certain overwhelmingly enticing scent—and recover their porcine wonder? With deftly paced narrative comedy, visual slapstick, abundant artwork in both black and white and full color, and warm affection for their cast of characters, Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen bring us a highly satisfying, extra-special series finale that rewards loyal fans—and invites new readers to explore the stories that came before.

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Mercy Watson is Missing! is the seventh book in the wildly popular Deckaroo Drive series that is filled with the antics of a pig named Mercy and her many friends who live on Deckaroo Drive.

The book begins with Mercy missing. The Watsons have tried all of their options to find her. When their neighbor Eugenia Lincoln suggests they hire a private investigator they think that's a smart idea. They hire Percival Smidgley PI who turns out to be a bumbling fool, but reading about him trying to find Mercy was highly entertaining. Mercy's friends on Deckaroo Drive also start a search investigation for their favorite pig. Eventually, Mercy is found, and all is well in the world.

What I Liked: There is just something about a Mercy Watson book that is endearing. In addition to the mystery storyline, the characters are what make this book truly special. Deckaroo Drive's characters are quirky, unique, and lovable, and it's easy to be captivated by their crazy antics. Illustrator Chris Van Dusen is great at making the story come to life with his illustrations. I especially think he captures Eugenia Lincoln and her crankiness so well.

Mercy Watson is Missing! is a charming book that is perfect for children who want to read chapter books independently. I also think this would be an excellent classroom read-aloud.
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