PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: A Piglet Named Mercy/Mr. Posey's New GLasses


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.


As a big fan of the original Mercy Watson early chapter book series, I was thrilled when I heard about a new book about Mercy.  And I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  It was enjoyable to find out how Mercy came to live with the Watsons.  And Van Dusen's illustrations are as delightfully bright and adorable as in the chapter book series.  Mercy is her cheerful, buttered-toast-loving self and the Watsons' love her immediately.  Eugenia is not pleased of course, since she doesn't like surprises or pigs, but Baby Lincoln is thrilled because she does.  A sweet introduction to a favorite character and a great lead-in to the early chapter book series.


In a charming tale of an elderly man and his obliging young friend, former poet laureate Ted Kooser and newcomer Daniel Duncan invite us to look at the world with fresh eyes.

Mr. Posey is feeling gloomy. Everything seems dull. Maybe he needs new glasses? Perhaps a trip to the Cheer Up Thrift Shop with his energetic young neighbor, Andy, will help. But when the duo try on the glasses in the shop's barrel, they're in for a big surprise. One pair with stars for frames shows only constellations in a night sky. Round frames reveal a world all aswirl, while a heart-shaped pair makes everything pink. And as soon as Mr. Posey puts on the cat-eye framed glasses, fierce dogs start chasing him. No, thank you! But when Andy makes a simple observation, Mr. Posey's view opens to a whole new world -- and finally everything is brighter, different, and exciting.


With a strong theme of learning to see things in a new way, Mr. Posey's New Glasses tells the story of an elderly gentleman who sets out to get a new set of glasses when he can't tolerate his old ones any longer.  He takes along his young friend, Andy to help him pick out a new pair.  As he tries on different pairs, he finds to his surprise that each pair shows the world in a distinct way.  The star glasses shows a midnight world of constellations.  The heart glasses show the world in pink.  And the cat glasses lead him to a bunch of dogs.  Finally, Andy helps Mr. Posey discover that cleaning the glasses he already has allows him to see the world differently and yet familiarly.  A fun way to discover the power of perspective, the book is rather long for a read-aloud but the illustrations are adorable.


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