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Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig Hardcover – 4 Aug 2008
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Can Mercy Watson outwit ... Animal Control? The porcine wonder's on the run in her latest tongue-in-snout adventure!
About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the author of the five stories starring Mercy Watson. She is also the author of The Tale of Despereaux (9780744598698), which won the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie (9780744578294), which received a Newbery Honor; The Tiger Rising (9780744589641), a National Book Award finalist; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (9781406307702), winner of a Boston GlobeHorn Book Award; and the picture book Great Joy (9781406310832). She lives in Minneapolis, USA.
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Peter’s sister, he’s been told, die with his mother at childbirth. But he’s suspected that she didn’t die. And here’s the fortuneteller telling him exactly that! But what is this about the elephant?
And then, at the opera house, a magician is performing before the nobles and town dignitaries. He wants to do something spectacular, he thinks, seeing their bored faces. And he means to create a bouquet of lilies, but he utters a different spell and – an elephant comes crashing through the roof.
And so begins the story of “The Magician’s Elephant,” written by children’s author Kate DiCamillo and illustrated with stark, poignant drawings by Yoko Tanaka.
I first met the writings of Kate DiCamillo through the movie version of her first book, “Because of Winn-Dixie,” a runaway bestseller in the United States and a Newberry Honor Book. (It was also a delightful movie.) Her book “Flora & Ulysses” won the 2014 Newberry Medal, and “The Tiger Rising” was a National Book Award finalist. She’s also written “The Extraordinary Journey of Edward Tulane,” “The Tale of Despereaux,” and several other children’s stories.
DiCamillo creates an atmosphere of gloom and cold around her story, and in fact snow becomes a critical element. Tanaka’s illustrations provide a graphic representation of that atmosphere.
“The Magician’s Elephant” is a story of hope and faith, of rescue and responsibility, of a boy’s belief that his sister is still alive, the sister he promised his dying mother he would care for. At times so many themes are moving through this story that it is sufficient to cast analysis to the side and simply read it for the good story that it is.
The story itself is a tale of love, loss and regret that unravels after the elephant of the title literally appears out of thin air in an old town. The characters each have a job to do that moves the story along and that is the only slight weakness. One or two of the peripheral characters seem mere ciphers but the central characters are well drawn if ultimately secondary to the story itself. I have no hesitation in recommending this as a fantastic book for shared reading.
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Will read it time and again :)