Pre-Order Chris Van Dusen's A VERY MERCY CHRISTMAS

Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with Maine illustrator, Chris Van Dusen, in support of Mercy Watson's first holiday adventure, A Very Mercy Christmas

All copies will be signed by the illustrator and can be personalized—make sure to include any requests in the order comments during checkout!

A VERY MERCY CHRISTMAS Cover ImageFor fans of Mercy Watson, old and new, comes a joyful crescendo of favorite characters in a picture-book celebration of the quiet miracles the holidays bring. Mercy ornament included!

Stella Endicott felt joyful. She felt like something miraculous might happen. She wanted to sing.

When Stella gets the sudden idea to go caroling, she has a little trouble getting someone to join her. Her brother, Frank, is not good at spontaneity. The Watsons are very involved in a precarious fruitcake attempt (but happy to send their pig, Mercy, out for the occasion). Eugenia Lincoln declines, a bit rudely, to accompany on her accordion, and Horace Broom is too busy studying planetary movement. Will Stella need to sing by herself—with enthusiastic contributions from the pig, the cat, and the horse she picks up on the way? Or does the evening hold a miracle Stella hadn’t expected? With tender affection for Mercy Watson and all her Deckawoo Drive friends, Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen offer a picture-book homage to the season that is perfectly suited for family sharing—perhaps with some cups of hot cocoa and a stack of well-buttered toast.

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of Hattie & Hudson, Randy Riley's Really Big HitKing Hugo's Huge Ego, The Circus Ship. He is also the illustrator of the the Mercy Watson books, and many other titles. He lives in Maine.

Prasie for the Mercy Watson Series

"Expressive, pink-flushed characters sparkle in scenes bedecked with festive cheer in the winsome illustrations of this holiday tale."
Foreword Reviews (A Very Mercy Christmas)

"An ebullient new character for early chapter-book readers in a series that’s destined to be a classic."
Midwest Book Review (Mercy Watson to the Rescue)

"Van Dusen's gouache illustrations hit astronomical heights on the adorability meter, and readers will squee-al in delight as rosy-hued baby Mercy bounces through the world on the tips of her tiny trotters. Whether smiling out of her swaddling blanket or flying upside-down and startled from the back of a swine truck, this little piggy is sure to win as many friends among the pre-literate crowd as she has among early readers. Here's hoping mini-Mercy returns for more adventures."
Shelf Awareness for Readers (A Piglet Named Mercy)

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A Very Mercy Christmas (Mercy Watson) By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536213607
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2022