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Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguse by Kate DiCamillo

Published by Candlewick Press

Ages: 6-8 years

Pages: 80

Publishers Summary: When the Watsons decide to zip their porcine wonder into a formfitting princess dress for Halloween–complete with tiara–they are certain that Mercy will be beautiful beyond compare. Mercy is equally certain she likes the sound of trick-or-treating and can picture piles of buttered toast already. As for the Lincoln sisters next door, how could they know that their cat would lead them all on a Halloween–parade–of hysterical proportions? Kate DiCamillo’s delightful pig is back in a tale full of treats, tricky turns, hijinks, and high humor.

Mercy is a pig with a one track mind…treats, well, toast in her mind. Buttered of course, and the more the better! So, when Mrs. Watson suggests to her husband that the dress Mercy up for Halloween as a princess with the reward of treats she can hardly wait to tug on that tiara and tutu. What Mercy doesn’t know is that treats for Halloween quite differ from the “treats” she’s accustomed to and the results of her discovery lead to something completely unexpected. From a Halloween parade to a cat in a tree and the fire department, this dressed up princess gets more than she bargained for during her first ever encounter with trick-or-treating.

This happens to be my first experience with Mercy Watson and her quirky hijinks, but I can’t wait for more and neither can Littlebug! From the moment the book arrived I haven’t been able to stop reading it, and that has almost nothing to do with me. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed Mercy’s adventure, but it’s Littlebug who is enthralled with this hilarious princess tale. Everyday for the last week she has rummaged through our book collection to bring me only this book. Why? You might wonder. The reading level is obviously a bit beyond her with 16 chapters and 80 pages it’s more suited for a four to eight year old, but Littlebug won’t let that hold her back. That leaves the illustrations, beautiful binding and printing as well as my own personal favorite (and Bug’s as well), no book jacket! Bright, beautiful colors appear on each page bringing Mercy’s adventure to life before your very eyes. Just take a look below for an example:

Without a doubt, Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise is the perfect book for the season! Gorgeous illustrations and a fantastic story engage even the youngest to oldest readers. If you are a fan of Kate DiCamillo you won’t want to miss this great series. Especially perfect for reluctant readers, Mercy Watson’s pages will come alive before their very eyes as Mercy bounds from page to page in search of her favorite treat, buttered toast. Do not miss out on this possibly overlooked series, a treat for all who open it’s pages!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 4 and up. Mercy Watson is the ideal series for readers with an appreciation for hilarious adventures and vibrant illustrations on each page; especially perfect for reluctant readers.

Play a Mercy Watson Game or get one of the Fantastic Masks featured in the interior image above!
This and so much more available at the Mercy Watson site, check it out!

As part of the Halloween season Candlewick Press is sharing a Candlewick-themed costume option a day everyday this week on their Facebook page. I am thrilled that There’s A Book is able to be a part of the tour for stop #2 with the Mercy Watson inspired costume from Princess in Disguise! If it wasn’t for my husband I’ve actually considered putting Littlebug in this very outfit this year! In addition to the costume, we also have a fantastic giveaway I’ll tell you about in a minute. For now, take a look at this adorable costume:


Thanks to the publisher, Candlewick Press, I have the four (yes, 4) copies of Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguse to giveaway to my readers! Thank you!

Details: Four(4) winners will be chosen at random after the contest closes. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Giveaway is open to US Residents only. The giveaway will run from October 18, 2010 until October 31, 2010 midnight EST.

This book and the giveaway has been provided for by the publisher, Candlewick Press. Thank you! Follow them online via Facebook and/or Twitter.
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This contest is now closed. Thank you to all who entered! Please check back soon for more great giveaways!

12 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Mercy Watson – Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo

  1. Gina says:

    Love the cover and I can certainily see why Littlebug likes this one as well….though I have a sneaking suspicion that her Mom is enjoying it immensely too. ^_^ I’ve seen this series in our local store and always thought it was a rather cute idea…I mean look at the success of The Three Little Pig’s, Charlotte’s Web or Babe….little kids (and adults) love “little piggy” stories and combined with the adorable artwork, sounds like a winner.
    Good luck to those that enter…and thanks for sharing!

  2. Courtney says:

    I love the Mercy Watson series…always a hit!

  3. How cute and fun! I love this giveaway. Good luck all 🙂

  4. maria says:

    This is too cute.

  5. Mardel says:

    This sounds like a great book. Funny – kids love funny books that make them laugh. By the way, I received the Spaceheadz prize pack. I took one of the paperbacks to school to read to my afterschool group – we do reading even on Fridays – so I decided to read to them on Fridays. I took Nightmare at the Book Fair and the kids were laughing very, very hard. I read them one chapter and they wanted me to keep reading. They’re already talking to me about the coming up Friday reading, and looking forward to it.

    I plan to take the Spaceheadz book to the school library for reading to the sixthgraders.

  6. Thank you for the opportunity for this wonderful giveaway!! We love Mercy Watson!!

  7. Big Kate DiCamillo Fans here at our house. Glad to know that there is a new Mercy. I agree the illustrations are awesome!

  8. Katy says:

    LOL This looks like such fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Marty says:

    The illustrations are great! Thank you for this chance to win 🙂

  10. Jacinda (jacmom) says:

    The inside pages of the book look so cute! My kids would be interested in this!

  11. Melanie L says:

    What a cute book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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