Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars (Ricky Ricotta Series #4)

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars (Ricky Ricotta Series #4)

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by Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat
     
 

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From Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed artist Dan Santat, an out-of-this-world friendship adventure with all-new full-color illustrations!

Ricky Ricotta is lucky to have his Mighty Robot as a best friend. They play, study, and even get in trouble together, and they always watch out for each other. That's what friends are for! In this book

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From Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed artist Dan Santat, an out-of-this-world friendship adventure with all-new full-color illustrations!

Ricky Ricotta is lucky to have his Mighty Robot as a best friend. They play, study, and even get in trouble together, and they always watch out for each other. That's what friends are for! In this book, Ricky and his Mighty Robot meet a mean little Martian named Major Monkey who plans to take over Earth with his monstrous Mecha-Monkeys. When Major Monkey plays a trick on Ricky's Robot, it's up to Ricky to rescue his friend and stop Major Monkey from menacing mousekind!

Originally published in 2002, this edition features brand-new full-color illustrations throughout!

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot pal are a big hit with kids! Now, in their latest action-packed adventure, they face a mean Martian named Major Monkey -- and his monstrous Mecha-Monkeys. When Major Monkey kidnaps Ricky's Robot, it's up to Ricky to rescue his friend and help save the planet...and mousekind!
Publishers Weekly
In a fourth episode, the titular mouse must rescue his robot from the evil Major Monkey, who plans to mount an assault on Squeakyville in Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars, by Dav Pilkey, illus. by Martin Ontiveros. "Flip-o-Rama" pages add to the fun. ( Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
That dynamic duo, mouse Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot, save the world again in this fourth entry in the author's "Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot" series. In addition to their reputation as the "Go To Guys" when aliens are attacking the world, Ricky and his Mighty Robot can be mischief makers as well. Early on, Ricky and his Robot smash his parents' minivan zooming down the street on skateboards. Ricky's parents try to teach them a lesson on responsibility by telling them they must pay for the damage to the minivan. Just as this scene is playing out on earth, Major Monkey from Mars is building evil robots to take over planet Earth. Major Monkey traps Ricky's robot and orders three giant Mecha-Monkeys to conquer the earth. Can Ricky free his robot before the evil Mecha-Monkeys do their damage? Is earth doomed? Without giving away too much, the Mighty Robot and the Mechanical-Monkeys duke it out in the author's "Flip-O-Rama" signature style, and justice ultimately prevails. Somehow, Ricky and his robot figure out how to replace that minivan. This title in the popular series is sure to leave young readers satisfied. 2004 (orig. 2001), Scholastic, Ages 6 to 9.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In their fourth adventure, young mouse Ricky and his super-robot friend battle the evil Martian villain Major Monkey. After decoying the Mighty Robot to Mars with a fake distress call, the simian fiend plans to take over Earth with the aid of his giant metallic Mecha-Monkeys. It's up to Ricky to travel to the red planet and release the robot in time to save the world once more. Pilkey's special brand of deadpan humor highlights the off-the-wall plot. The brief, easy-to-read text and Ontiveros's black-and-white cartoon illustrations strike just the right note of mock heroism. The "Flip-O-Rama" activity pages add to the comic-book effect. This science-fiction romp should have strong appeal to reluctant readers as well as those just making the transition to chapter books.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Pilkey and Ontiveros team up for another action-packed adventure with Ricky Ricotta and his robot (Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus, 2001, etc.). In a tale that is part comic book, part early chapter book, tiny mouse Ricky enjoys playing with his gigantic robot until they decide to use the family minivan as a skateboard. It becomes a minivan pancake and Ricky and his Mighty Robot are in trouble. But before they can repair the damage, they are called into duty: saving Mars and Earth from destruction by the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars. Like the comic-book superheroes of decades past, Ricky and his Mighty Robot race from disaster to disaster, narrowly avoiding catastrophe at every turn. There is violence in the battle scenes, but the battles are comical with the trademark Pilkey plays on words. "Ricky's Robot treated the Mecha-Monkeys to two servings of punch . . . one foot-long . . . and a knuckle sandwich." Of course, it all works out in the end: Earth and Mars are saved, bad guys are punished, and even the demolished minivan is replaced. All is right with the world. Kid-pleasing diversions such as a flipbook and 11 "how to draw" pages add to the fun. Part shtick, part goofy predictable adventure, the easy-to-read short novel will allow the early reader to turn pages quickly, feel successful, and have fun. (Fiction. 6-10)
From the Publisher

Praise for the RICKY RICOTTA'S MIGHTY ROBOT series (original editions, published 2000-2005)

"An adventure story with great appeal . . . With barely more text than a long easy-reader, this title will be a heaven-sent choice for kids with reading difficulties." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"It's easy to see how Pilkey's high-action, easy-reading chapter novel with a comic book feel would appeal to younger readers. . . . Silly good fun." --KIRKUS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545631181
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Series:
Ricky Ricotta Series , #4
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
281,604
File size:
27 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; DOG BREATH, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and THE PAPERBOY, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.

Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel SIDEKICKS, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including the New York Times bestseller BECAUSE I'M YOUR DAD by Ahmet Zappa. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Please visit his website at www.dantat.com.

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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for trading off reading chapters with a new reader, especially one into super heroes. Action is silly and fun. Bad guys comically evil and the two heroes succeed together with teamwork and friendship. Gimmicks, the page flipping action sequences and the learn- to- draw- the- characters section, are exciting and laugh inducing for a five year old. On the downside, it may lead to the Captain Underpants series by the same author and many discussions about appropriate times for potty talk. But if one can live with the occasional embarrassing moment, it's all in good fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best chapter series for younger kids. although i'm 10 i liked this book quite a bit, but not enough to read it again. my favorite part is when ricky is sent in space to help ricky's mighty robot.