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The Creators

The Mercy Watson books bring together the award-winning writing talent of Kate DiCamillo with the brightly colored, exciting illustrations of Chris Van Dusen to create a series of pig-size proportions!

Kate DiCamillo
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She laughs loudly.
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She laughs (a little too) loudly at her own jokes.
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She is a neat freak.
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She loves music.
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She is always hungry.
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She refuses to learn how to cook.
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She is an aunt to a dog named Henry, who is not a good dog.
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When unobserved, she likes to dress the aforementioned Henry up in strange outfits.
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She wanted to be a vet when she grew up.
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She used to dress up her poodle, Nanette, as a disco dancer.

It’s the pipe dream of many an aspiring author: publish your debut novel, claim a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and rack up an astonishing array of awards. For Kate DiCamillo, it was a dream come true. When the author learned that her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie, had been chosen to receive a Newbery Honor, she found herself “walking into walls. Literally.” Mercy Watson is Kate DiCamillo’s New York Times best-selling early reader series, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Kate DiCamillo is also the author of The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, both of which received the Newbery Medal, as well as The Tiger Rising, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Great Joy, and The Magician’s Elephant. She was the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, and her platform was “Stories Connect Us.” She says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. About Mercy, she says, “Mercy Watson had been in my head for a long time, but I couldn’t figure out how to tell her story. One day, my friend Alison was going on and on and on about the many virtues of toast. As I listened to her, I could see Mercy nodding in emphatic agreement. Sometimes you don’t truly understand a character until you know what she loves above all else.”

Chris Van Dusen
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He laughs exactly the same way his four brothers do.
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He loves cars.
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Onion rings are one of his guilty pleasures.
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He has a robot collection.
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He’s fascinated with animation and secretly wants to be an animator.
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When he was nine years old he wrote and illustrated his first book, Van Dusen’s Loose-leaf Guide to the Birds. It was never published.
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He does very good imitations of Deputy Dawg, Elmer Fudd, and Kermit the Frog.
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He has nice-looking feet.
2
For breakfast he likes to mix up different types of cereal.
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He was born on Saint Patrick’s Day; so as a kid, all of his birthday cakes were green.

Chris Van Dusen was born in Portland, Maine, and grew up in a small town in central Massachusetts. His interest in art began at a young age when his mother gave him and his four brothers pencils and paper to keep them busy. He studied art in college and went on to become the author and illustrator of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award winner If I Built a Car, as well as Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, The Circus Ship, King Hugo’s Huge Ego, and Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit. Chris Van Dusen lives in the coastal town of Camden, Maine, with his wife and two sons. About Mercy he says, “When I first read Mercy Watson to the Rescue, the characters were very vivid in my mind, and they just came to life when I started painting. This is exactly the type of story I love to illustrate — a wonderfully silly adventure with lots of action.