Meet Author-illustrator Chris Van Dusen

This is a free event at the Manhattan Beach Public Library and all are welcome.

Every porcine wonder was once a piglet! Celebrate the joy of a new arrival with this endearing picture-book prequel to the New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series.

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive -- and the Watsons' lives will never be the same

Review Quotes: The popular early-reader series about Mercy the pig gets an origin story in this delightful picture book...As in the previous books, the gouache illustrations are polished to a sheen, and happily here have more room to shine. The book's vintage look suits the story well and is sure to entice readers. Old friends and new fans will appreciate this; bring on the toast.
--Booklist To paraphrase an immortal spider, Mercy is some pig...Younger siblings of the Mercy chapter-book lovers will find their way into the series with this first look, written just for them.
--Kirkus Reviews

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Circus Ship and Hattie & Hudson, and the illustrator of the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series. He lives in Maine.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 3:30pm
Event address: 
Manhattan Beach Library
1320 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Books: 
A Piglet Named Mercy Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763677534
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick - April 2nd, 2019