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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Dav Pilkey

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Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, saves a giant robot from his evil creator, Dr. Stinky, and in turn, the robot protects Ricky from the bullies at school and saves the city from Dr. Stinky's destructive scheme.


Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, saves a giant robot from his evil creator, Dr. Stinky, and in turn, the robot protects Ricky from the bullies at school and saves the city from Dr. Stinky's destructive scheme.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Some day something BIG will happen, and you will find a friend," his father tells Ricky, a lonely mouse whose diminutive stature makes him a target of bullies. Mr. Ricotta is only partially right: Ricky does find a friend, but nothing of consequence happens in this slim volume--the first in a series. The book features the same "flip-o-rama" technique (readers flip certain pages back and forth, creating the effect of animation) as do Pilkey's Captain Underpants titles. Unfortunately, both the artwork (which looks suspiciously like Pilkey's) and the plot lack the wry bite and comic energy of that earlier series. Evil Dr. Stinky McNasty creates an enormous robot that refuses to obey a command to stomp out Ricky's hometown of Squeakyville. When the mad doctor tries to punish his uncooperative invention, the tiny mouse comes to the defense of the giant robot and it follows him home. Ricky's new "pet" bests the bullies, wows Ricky's class at school and manages to foil Dr. Stinky's attempt at revenge. Pilkey's tale may well give timid or bullied kids a shot of reassurance, but its humor falls as flat as Dr. Stinky's attempt to destroy the city. In eight adventures scheduled to follow, Ricky's robot battles creatures from other planets. Ages 6-10. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
Ricky Ricotta, a small, smart mouse, and his Mighty Robot save the day when some mutant mosquitoes from Mercury are set loose to conquer the earth. The evil genius behind this plan for world domination is Mr. Mosquito, who lives on Mercury. Mr. Mosquito hates his own planet, with its horribly hot days and freezing nights. Looking through a telescope one day, he sees some mice playing nicely in cool weather on earth. This happy scene triggers his plan. Mr. Mosquito creates some mutant mosquitoes in short order and orders them to attack Squeakyville, home to Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot. Four large Mutant Mosquitoes are ready to destroy downtown when Ricky and his Mighty Robot arrive and spray them with a huge bug-spray storage tank. The defeated mosquitoes fly back to Mercury, but an angry Mr. Mosquito takes Ricky into his spaceship. The spaceship transforms into a Mecha-Mosquito that attacks Ricky's robot. The Mighty Robot will not fight back because he knows that Ricky is inside. Ricky tricks Mr. Mosquito and escapes. A tough final battle scene is dramatized in "Flip-O-Rama," where readers can simulate the battle by flipping designated pages. Mr. Mosquito is soundly defeated and the heroes fly home for chocolate milk and grilled cheese sandwiches. This title is part of the author's "Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot" series. Fans of Ricky and his robot will enjoy the predictable, but amusing story line. 2004 (orig. 2000), Scholastic, Ages 6 to 9.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Young boys and girls have wonderful imaginations. A fantasy adventure where good wins out over evil is always popular. Particularly when it is accompanied by black-and-white drawings that seem to jump off the pages and take on a life of their own! Though there is nothing particularly unique about this story itself, it is enhanced with 'flip-o-rama' pages periodically that invite the readers to animate the action themselves. In addition, at the end of the book, junior artists can easily follow the "How to draw the robot" directions, and thereby launch their own self-made characters. The book reinforces early readers who will feel proud and successful reading their first chapter book. With large print and brief dialogue surrounded by action drawings, the 3 to 5 page chapters result in a book easily mastered. IThis book, and those that follow in the series will find a welcome home on children's bookshelves. 2000, Scholastic Inc., Ages 7 to 10, $16.95 and $3.99. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Pilkey bridges the gap between his picture books and "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic) with this entry about Ricky the mouse and his mechanical pal. Here, the duo battle extraterrestrial insects and an evil robot. In addition to telling an amusing story, the author also manages to squeeze in factoids about the planet Mercury, Flip-O-Rama animation, and cartooning lessons, though these may prove difficult for the targeted audience. Ontiveros's black-and-white cartoons enhance the humor and action, and the layout breaks the text into manageable chunks for new readers. This series may not be as popular as Pilkey's earlier titles, but Ricky will garner young fans of his own.-Laura Santoro, Coventry Library, Cleveland Heights, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Demco Media
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5.50(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants, Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot, and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble With Hally Tosis, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. With other children’s book authors, he has contributed to anthologies such as Comics Squad: Recess! and Guys Read: Terrifying Tales. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest.

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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (Ricky Ricotta Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MommaKuz More than 1 year ago
My 6 yo son and 8 yo daughter love the series. This book got them started and they're quickly moving through the rest of the series. The text is simple for newer readers but the story is fun and engaging for older kids too. They usually read a book once or twice and then are ready to move on to new books. They like this series so much that they keep re-reading them over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really cool. I want to read it over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always fun, this and the captain underpants series got my boys started off reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my very active, sports-oriented 7-year-old son, who likes to read himself to sleep and has outgrown Dr. Seuss. I gave it to him at bedtime one night. By bedtime the next night, he had read it from cover to cover 3 times! And if anyone came over, he'd try to read it to them! I took him to the zoo, and he ignored the baby otter because he was too busy reading! I plan to buy the other Ricky Ricotta books now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like when the robot punched the mecha mosquitoe and i like when the robot battledthe lizard and i like when he beat the voodoo vultures from venus
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like Ricky Ricotta books. They are very funny. This was the second time I had read these stories and they were still good! They have a giant robot on the story and there were 3 books in this one volume. I wanted to give the book 10 stars, but I could only give it 5 stars. That's how good it was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are a great introduction to chapter books, especially for boys having trouble learning to read. Pilkey is the favorite author of every young boy we know!
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