Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
The first book in a funny and silly series of chapter books for beginning readers about Mercy Watson, the beloved pet pig of Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who loves to eat – her favorite snack being hot buttered toast. Mercy becomes an inadvertent heroine in this first book. When she climbs into bed one night with the Watsons, the weight is too much and the floor cracks open! Mercy sets off while the Watsons are trapped – they think Mercy is off to alert the fire department, when actually she is off to find a midnight snack. A misunderstanding leads to the fire department being called by the neighbors and the firemen arrive just in time to rescue the Watsons from falling through the floor. Mercy is heralded for saving the day with a plateful of hot buttered toast! With bright, over-the-top illustrations that add to the fun.