Tag: Kate diCamillo

  • Mercy Watson To The Rescue by DiCamillo and Van Dusen

    Mercy Watson To The Rescue by DiCamillo and Van Dusen

    Mercy Watson To The Rescue (2005) is a picture book divided into chapters for the emergent reader, written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

  • Zoomorphism and Chremamorphism

    Zoomorphism and Chremamorphism

    In literature, an object with human characteristics is called ‘personification‘. Granting an animal human-like characteristics is called ‘anthropomorphism‘. (Anthropo = human being, as in ‘anthropology’. ‘Morph’ = change.) Both personification and anthropomorphism are types of metaphors. But what do you call it when it’s the other way round? i.e., when a human being is compared […]

  • Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    Kate diCamillo’s Mercy Watson series are genius examples of funny, endearing, broad-audience picture books. There’s so much to learn. Today I take a deep dive into Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig. Eugenia and Baby Lincoln may live next door to a pig, but that doesn’t stop them from living a gracious life. And the…

  • Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    “Mercy Watson Fights Crime” is book number three in the Mercy Watson series by Kate diCamillo, first published 2006. This series is beautifully illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. SETTING OF MERCY WATSON FIGHTS CRIME Where in America is this series set? Based only on fictional representations, this feels Southern to me. (Do Americans get that?…

  • Father Tropes In Fiction

    Father Tropes In Fiction

    Turn Out Like His Father – A character has charge of a child (usually her son) and is desperate to keep this child from imitating another relative (usually his father). This is a fear of history’s repeating itself for his fate, which may be turning evil and usually ends with being dead. Harry Potter isn’t allowed to…

  • Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride by diCamillo and Van Dusen

    Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride by diCamillo and Van Dusen

    If you’re looking for a chapter book to bridge the gap between beautifully illustrated picturebooks and pictureless novels, the Mercy Watson series is a great option, because the illustrations are just as enticing as any found in a high-production picture book.