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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus (Ricky Ricotta Series #3)
     

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus (Ricky Ricotta Series #3)

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by Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
 

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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!

Ever wish you had a flying Robot for a best friend? Wouldn't it be great to have a Robot so big and powerful that nobody would ever mess with you again? Friendly Robots can be fun! But with giant

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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!

Ever wish you had a flying Robot for a best friend? Wouldn't it be great to have a Robot so big and powerful that nobody would ever mess with you again? Friendly Robots can be fun! But with giant friends come giant responsibilities. In this book, the evil Victor Von Vulture and his army of Voodoo Vultures from Venus are about to take over planet Earth. Only the super-smart tricks of Ricky and his Mighty Robot can send the bad guys packing for home!

Originally published in 2001, this edition features brand-new full-color illustrations and mini-comics throughout!

Editorial Reviews

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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

Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
This is a colorful graphic novel where Ricky the mouse has a brave and awesome robot. Because Ricky and his robot were on an adventure in Hawaii instead of being home, as his parent wanted, his parents tried to teach him to be responsible. He was not allowed to watch T.V. Ricky has to explain what responsibility is to his robot, so the reader gets a second chance to learn the meaning. Meanwhile, on Venus, there is trouble brewing. You learn that Venus is covered with sulfuric acid and it is very hot. It is 864 degrees, but the author does not specify whether it is Fahrenheit or Celsius. The wicked Vultures that live on Venus are always hungry because all of their food melts. Victor von Vulture is Ricky’s evil nemesis with his Voodoo Schmoodoo machine. He uses this machine to recruit his army of vultures to migrate to Earth where there is ample food. The Voodoo Schmoodoo then hypnotizes all the people watching T.V. Since he was not watching T.V., Ricky and his robot are able to save the earth. The “flip-o-rama” section allows the reader to experiment with animation. This is a fun read that reluctant readers will pick up, learn from, and enjoy. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell; Ages 6 to 12.
Children's Literature
Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot save the world once again and learn how to be responsible in this title, which is the third in the author's "Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot" series. This time Ricky and his friend battle the Voodoo Vultures from Venus. When Ricky and his Mighty Robot are late for supper for the third time in a week, Ricky's parents tell them they cannot watch TV until they learn to be responsible. Unfortunately, Ricky's favorite show, Rocket Rodent, is on TV that night and everyone will be watching it. While the show is airing, Victor Von Vulture on Venus decides to conquer earth with his army of Voodoo Vultures. A voodoo ray from Venus is picked up by all the TVs in Squeakyville, and this signal hypnotizes viewers to "obey the Voodoo Vultures." A "Flip-O-Rama" battle ensues, where readers can animate the action by flipping pages. As usual, Ricky and his Mighty Robot win a messy battle and save the world. 2004 (orig. 2001), Scholastic, Ages 6 to 9.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Another exciting adventure with the humble rodent and his huge mechanical pal. Fans of the series know just what to expect from this duo and are sure to enjoy their latest brush with danger. The villains here, the Voodoo Vultures from Venus, are appropriately greedy and evil. Their nefarious plans smack of B-grade sci-fi movies (they use a special voodoo ray to hypnotize everyone on Earth via their television sets), and once again the day is saved with humor and heroism. The fast-paced plot, funny details, and over-the-top dialogue will keep readers rolling along through the short chapters with large-type text. As in the earlier titles, black-and-white illustrations appear on every page, the ultimate battle features the now-famous "Flip-O-Rama" technique, and simple drawing lessons are included at the end. Luckily for young readers, there are still six other planets from which enemies may appear-and will, according to Pilkey's preview of upcoming titles. In the meantime, though, Pilkey fans, science-fiction aficionados, and reluctant readers won't want to miss this latest installment.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's easy to see how Pilkey's high-action, easy-reading chapter novel with a comic-book feel would appeal to younger readers. The black-and-white stylish pictures by Ontiveros are way cool and the text is insouciant and funny. This is the third book that pairs the tiny bespectacled mouse, Ricky, with his super-strong, giant robot buddy, a sharp-jawed fellow who looks like an out-of-shape wrestler with rodent ears. Because Ricky is being punished for acting irresponsibly—he and his robot have come home late for dinner again—they are the only ones on the Planet Earth who miss the television show Rocky Rodent. And it's a good thing too, because that very night a group of Voodoo Vultures from the Planet Venus, tired of eating the melted mess that passes for food on their super hot planet, beam down rays through the television, hypnotizing Earth's entire population, except for Ricky, into obeying their wishes. When they arrive on Earth, the ravenous vultures order the hypnotized mice to bring them good Earth cooking, in a funny throwaway touch demanding"more chocolate chip cookies" but"no more rice cakes," until Ricky is able to figure out how to save the day. Parents will be happy to know this tale does have a moral,"responsibility ... is doing the right thing at the right time," though giggling fans may miss it. Also containing a rather lame flip-o-rama and instructions on how to draw the characters, this book is silly good fun. (Fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545630115
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Series:
Ricky Ricotta Series , #3
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
22,481
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
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 Voodoo Vultures From Venus (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ana Borge-Janania More than 1 year ago
My 7 y-old loves them, great for their imagination.
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