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Mercy Watson Fights Crime

Mercy Watson Fights Crime

by Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he's just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons' kitchen right this minute! But little does he know that a certain pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that a comedy of errors will soon lead this little man on the wild and raucous rodeo ride he's always dreamed of!

Nosy neighbors, astonished firemen, a puzzled policeman, and the ever-doting Watsons return for a hilarious adventure.

"Another rollicking addition starring the porcine wonder. . . . Will keep newly independent readers turning the pages." — School Library Journal (starred review)

5, 6, 7
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Book Type
Chapter Book
Adventure, Comedy and Humor

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Kate DiCamillo Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo wrote her first book, Because of Winn-Dixie, because she was homesick for Florida, where she grew up. She discovers, rather than creates, her very lifelike characters.
Chris Van Dusen Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of "Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee", "A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee," and "If I Built a Car."

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