Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes

by Kate DiCamillo

Hardcover, 2009



Local notes




Candlewick (2009), 96 pages


When Mr. and Mrs. Watson and their pig Mercy take in a movie at the Bijou Drive-In, mayhem ensues after Mercy smells the enticing scent of hot buttered popcorn.


Original language


Physical description

96 p.; 6.77 inches


0763636444 / 9780763636449



User reviews

LibraryThing member runner_roader
Yet another get Mercy Watson story. Everyone who has been introduced into the series ends up at a drive-in movie "When Pigs Fly." Mercy yet again, lets her stomach do the exploring as she can't seem to find the source of the butter smell. Sorry to see the end of a cute pig adventure.
LibraryThing member adaniel11
Genre: Fantasy
Review: The author stays true to the genre of fantasy by creating a story that could not take place in our world. There is no such thing as talking, buttered-toasted bread eating pigs.
Point of View: The story is told from the omniscient 3rd person point of view. We see and hear everything that people are doing and feeling, but never from someone saying "I".
Media: Gouache
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LibraryThing member Rachel.Seltz
Ages 6-10.

The Watsons discover that the Bijou drive-in theater is serving bottomless buckets of popcorn with real butter! Of course, they take their darling Mercy the pig along for the trip and invite their friends. At the drive-in, Mercy finds the heavenly scent of butter distracting. She is too busy munching on everyone's delicious, buttery popcorn to notice that she is creating quite an uproar.

While the book is divided into chapters, it falls on the high end of the easy reader spectrum. The pages have generous margins, and plentiful white space between lines and words. Lines do not contains more than 8 words, and full text pages do not exceed 13 lines.

Van Dusen’s illustrations feature robust, rosy-cheeked midwesterners reminiscent of Norman Rockwell paintings. Many spreads feature illustrations across half of the pages, and illustrations cover some full pages. A limited number of page spreads are full text, preparing children for higher levels of reading material.

Though this book is the sixth in the Mercy Watson series, it can easily be read as a standalone. However, Mercy is a charming pig capable of stealing hearts, and readers will likely seek her other adventures. Recommended.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
In this fifth and final entry in Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series, about the (mis)adventures of a butter-loving pig, the Watsons head to the Bijou Drive-In, where Mercy (once again) gets into trouble. Following the enticing scent of butter, Mercy causes chaos as she chows down on multiple movie-goers' popcorn. As a growing string of people pursue her, Mercy, who thinks it all a good game, goes on the run. Eventually (as is often the case) the local firemen are called...

A worthy conclusion to this amusing chapter-book series, Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes features all of the secondary characters who appeared throughout the earlier books, from Officer Tomilello to firemen Ned and Lorenzo. Animal Control Officer Francine Poulet and reformed thief and would-be cowboy Leroy Ninker, who star in the subsequent Tales of Deckawoo Drive series, also appear. The artwork is every bit as colorful and entertaining as in the previous books, adding to the sense of frenzied fun. Recommended to anyone who has read the previous titles in the series, or who is looking for engaging tales for those just getting started with chapter-books.
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