A Piglet Named Mercy


Mrs Watson wishes that ‘something different would happen’ in her ordinary life on Deckawoo Drive. She cannot possibly imagine the arrival of a piglet. While Baby Lincoln suggests warm milk to feed the piglet, her sister Eugenia is unimpressed. ‘This is all so unpredictable,’ she considers.

Mr and Mrs Watson are enraptured by the porcine wonder. ‘Have you ever seen anyone so darling?’ The piglet is a mercy to the couple and becomes, ‘A Piglet Named Mercy’.

Chris Van Dusen’s 50’s rich colours and shapes, almost movie lit, are reminiscent of Norman Rockwell or Archie comics. The pictures highlight Kate DiCamillo’s tone and setting perfectly. ‘A Piglet Called Mercy‘ is a picture book to treasure and linger upon.

This piglet has spawned a hugely popular early chapter book series in the US, currently unavailable in Britain. However, Bookwagon is delighted to welcome other related, early chapter book ‘Tales from Deckawoo Drive’ into this warm, rich reading family, beginning with Leroy Ninker Saddles Up



A Piglet Named Mercy

Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

(Walker Books)– hardback

Mercy Watson is an American early chapter book staple. Have you every wondered how the toast and butter eating treasure arrived on Deckawoo Drive? We are witness to this ‘A Piglet Named Mercy’. Further we see her introduction to Mr and Mrs Watson. What do they make of her piggy perfection? How can they accommodate her porcine needs?

Kate DiCamillo was named to a two-year term as the US national ambassador for young people’s literature by the Library of Congress in 2014.

Kate DiCamillo is one of only six writers only, to have won the Newbery Medal for Literature twice.


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