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

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From the bestselling author of Captain Underpants comes Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot. A small mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his friend, a giant flying Robot, save the planet from Victor Von Vulture and his vicious Voodoo Vultures!

By flipping the pages, the reader may view animated illustrations that follow a small mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his best friend, a giant flying robot, as they save the world from Victor Von Vulture and his vicious Voodoo Vultures from Venus. Includes easy art instructions for drawing characters from the book.

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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 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 knnow 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.
--Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2000

Have no fear, citizens of earth! Ricky Ricotta and his giant robot are sure to keep us all safe. The hilarity of this newest Dav Pilkey book (he wrote The Adventures of Captain Underpants) will capture fans for the many books to come. The voodoo vultures are out to hypnotize the world and eat all of our goodies because the weather on Venus is too hot and always melts the best food (ice cream, candy bars) before anyone can eat it. Because Ricky and his robot were not watching TV when the vultures used their "evil voodoo beam," they are the only ones who can save Earth. After Ricky devises a plan to get near the vultures, the giant robot beats the bad guys up and they turn tail and run. Their leader is taken to jail and everyone is saved. The best part of this book is the "flip-o-rama" self-animating chapter in which readers can flip pages back and forth to animate the action. Pilkey also gives step-by-step lessons for drawing the main characters. The animation is big and bold, so the text is kept to a minimum on each page- Newer readers and reluctant readers will like the break given by the illustrations and short chapters. The price may seem a little high for some libraries, but the fun features make this book worth the price.
---Library Talk, March/April 2001, starred review

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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.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439236249
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot , #3
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Dav Pilkey

DAV PILKEY is the creator of many acclaimed children's books, including Dogzilla, Kat Kong, god bless the gargoyles, and the bestselling Captain Underpants series. His book The Paperboy received a Caldecott Honor. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. www.pilkey.com

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.

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