Newbery award winner Kate DiCamillo is the author of this lovely series for beginner readers. The bright illustrations first attracted me to this book: they are shiny and happy and really jump out at with exuberance in a loveable retro style. Light streams out of windows, the kitchen presents a cosy domestic scene and the garden is bathed in moonlight as the pig ventures out in search of sugar cookies.

The polite Mr. and Mrs. Watson are the main characters and owners of a pet pig called Mercy, and they do their best to provide a happy home for their pig. In this adventure, Mercy decides she prefers the comfort of their bed, and this spells disaster for both the bed and the Watsons.

Younger pre-readers will be able to piece together the story from the pictures and will ask for someone to read it to them. The loveable pet pig called Mercy is guilty of several misdemeanours, such as exploring the garden flowers and peering into the windows of the grumpy lady next door! There are many available titles in this series about Mercy, all of which will add a touch of humour to your day.

A former children’s librarian, Jane Fagan is currently a full-time mother of two.