Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (Ricky Ricotta Series #2)

Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (Ricky Ricotta Series #2)

by Dav Pilkey, Martin Ontiveros
     
 

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Wouldn't it be great to have a giant flying Robot as your best friend? Ricky Ricotta's Robot gets Ricky to school on time, keeps the neighborhood bullies away, and even helps Ricky solve his math problems.

In this book, a cruel creature from Mercury threatens to take over the Earth. Tt's lucky for everyone that Ricky and his Robot are ready to fight the space

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Overview

Wouldn't it be great to have a giant flying Robot as your best friend? Ricky Ricotta's Robot gets Ricky to school on time, keeps the neighborhood bullies away, and even helps Ricky solve his math problems.

In this book, a cruel creature from Mercury threatens to take over the Earth. Tt's lucky for everyone that Ricky and his Robot are ready to fight the space aliens and send them packing!

Kids will also learn how to draw their own picture of Ricky's Robot and the Mutant Mosquitoes -- easy art instructions are in the back of the book!

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher

This fun and easy-to-read adventure, Pilkey's newest, is full of cartoon foolishness, and there will be very few young readers who won't enjoy it. A young mouse, Ricky, lives in Squeakyville with his parents and his giant robot named Robot. Mr. Mosquito lives on Mercury, where it's extremely hot, so he decides to invade Planet Earth. After finishing a math test, Ricky and Robot head out to save Earth, and young readers will find out whether they succeed. This title's cover art, story, and illustrations will ensure its popularity. The lessons on drawing Ricky and Mosquito are a bonus.
---Library Talk, March/April 2001

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590307222
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot, #2
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.54(d)
Lexile:
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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