Mercy Watson to the Rescue and suggested my kids would like it. I only checked the book out to be polite, without giving it much glance at the time.
But she was right. My children—ages 2 thru 11—all love Mercy Watson! Who knew?! They were written by the same talented Kate DiCamillo who gives us The Tale of Despereaux and illustrated by one of my children's favorites Chris Van Dusen… whose art is the closest thing to animation in a picture book you're ever going to see. (We love his A Camping Spree, Learning to Ski, and Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee).
Anyway, Mercy Watson, much like Stuart Little is an animal with human parents. She is pleasant and plump and curious. And, just like me, she has an affinity for toast "with a great deal of butter" which is brought up in every book. She is great fun and even funner are the old lady neighbors next door...
Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder. Superb.