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A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen

Hello, Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen! I haven’t stopped smiling since I learned you collaborated on a Mercy Watson picture book. I cannot wait to celebrate A Piglet Named Mercy’s book birthday on April 2, 2019!
Kate, what ran through your head the first time you saw the finished cover illustration for A Piglet Named Mercy?
Kate DiCamillo: I don’t know if it was my head really--it was more what ran through my heart.And what ran through my heart was something along the lines of: ohhhhhhhhhh, can I pick that piglet up and hug her?
Yes, I want to pick up Mercy and hug her as well.


Chris, what was the most fun thing about working on A Piglet Named Mercy?
Chris Van Dusen: The most fun thing for me as the illustrator was imagining these characters at a younger age. I had a blast painting Mercy as a tiny, roly-poly Piglet with pink cheeks. But it slipped my mind (until after I spoke with my agent Steve Malk) that Mercy isn’t the only character in this book who is younger. Mr. and Mrs. Watso…

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