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Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride


  • The glossy, full-color gouache paintings provide visual clues to support the text and add greatly to the humor. The characters’ facial expressions are laugh-out-loud funny, and the idealized 1950s setting strikes just the right tone of innocence. A fresh, fun-filled must-have for those looking to spiff up beginning-chapter-book collections.
    –Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
  • Van Dusen’s larger-than-life characters and retro sensibility extend the dry humor of the situation, and his shiny, rainbow-bright gouache art shoots the energy, especially Mercy’s, right off the page. Great for emergent readers.


Becker, Suzy. Manny’s Cows: The Niagara Falls Tale. HarperCollins, 2006.

DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie. Candlewick, 2000.

DiCamillo, Kate. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken. HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler, 2008.

DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson Fights Crime. Candlewick, 2006.

DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson, Princess in Disguise. Candlewick, 2007.

DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson to the Rescue. Candlewick, 2005.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Candlewick, 2006.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux. Candlewick, 2003.

Falconer, Ian. Olivia. Atheneum, 2000. (And others in the Olivia series.)

Fleming, Candace. Sunny Boy!: The Life and Times of a Tortoise. Farrar, 2005.

Pinkwater, Daniel. Tooth-Gnasher Superflash. Macmillan, 1990.

Root, Phyllis. Rattletrap Car. Candlewick, 2001.

Rylant, Cynthia. Poppleton. Scholastic, 1997. (And others in the Poppleton series.)

Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike. Scholastic, 2002.

Smith, Lane. The Happy Hocky Family! Viking, 1993.

Smith, Lane. The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country. Viking, 2003.

Stolz, Mary. Emmett’s Pig. HarperCollins, 2004.