Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

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Series: Ricky Ricotta Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, is being bullied at school, but when he rescues a powerful robot from its evil creator, he acquires a friend and protector, and saves the city from Dr. Stinky.
Catalog Number: #84239
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Santat, Dan,
Pages: 106 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-63009-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-82299-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-63009-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-82299-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013050798
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Poor little Ricky Ricotta st a nerdy, bespectacled mouse with no friends. But when his dad says, "Someday something BIG will happen and you will find a friend," he is right. One day, a giant robot, controlled by evil Dr. Stinky, attacks the city, but the robot has a change of heart when he sees the terrified townsmice. When Dr. Stinky punishes the robot for his disobedience, Ricky is the one to save him, and their friendship is cemented. Pilkey first published this series in 2000, but in preparation for new installments, Scholastic is rereleasing the stories with brand-new full-color illustrations on glossy pages from prolific artist Santat (Crankenstein, 2013). Aimed at a younger audience than the wildly popular Captain Underpants books, this series opener has all the classic Pilkey hallmarks: comic book panels, superhero action, and flip-o-rama, which here depicts the battle between Mighty Robot and the supersize class lizard infected with "Hate Potion to enact Dr. Stinky's revenge. Brace yourselves, there's more on the way. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Pilkey's publisher is pulling out all the stops for this series. Expect to see Ricky Ricotta TV spots any day now.
Horn Book
Ricky Ricotta has a whole new look in this repackaged edition. The intrepid mouse still vanquishes neighborhood bullies, but now the slight plot is accompanied by original full-color digital artwork by Santat. With several "flip-o-rama" animation pages and comic-book sequences embedded in the story, reluctant readers will appreciate a chapter book that is easy to get through.
Kirkus Reviews
New, all-color illustrations on shiny paper add gloss to this reboot of a Captain Underpants also-ran. The plotline remains the same: Small, bullied mouse gains a huge metal friend after rescuing it from its creator, mad scientist Dr. Stinky McNasty. Said friend goes on to subdue the bullies, star in the best classroom show and tell ever, and battle McNasty's next effort, a giant lizard. The battle is portrayed partly in Pilkey's trademark Flip-O-Rama (though with Santat's illustrations) and partly in newly crafted pages of minicomics. Overall, though Ricky and the robot look about the same as they did in the 2000 original (illustrated in a thick-lined, cartoony style by Martin Ontiveros), Santat portrays them in a more lapidary way, with shiny eyes and gleaming highlights. He also adds more background detail, makes the bullies bigger but not so mean of aspect, and exchanges McNasty's nerdy goggles for an eye patch to give the bad guy a more dashingly villainous air. This last is disappointing: When will we stop using images of disability as signifiers of evil? The drawing instructions at the back of the original edition have been dropped. An uninspired retread, still with only hints of the wit and silly humor that light up Pilkey's other series. (Fantasy. 6-9)
School Library Journal
Gr 1&11;3&12; Ricky Ricotta is a little guy who is always picked on. That is, until Dr. Stinky McNasty's plot to destroy the city by a giant, evil robot goes awry. The evil robot would rather be Ricky's friend than cause mass destruction. This reboot of the original title of the same name (Scholastic, 2000) includes all-new, full-color illustrations by Santat. Paired with Pilkey's minimal text, these images offer a new generation of readers a fun introduction to chapter books. The story includes Flip-O-Ramas (two-page flip book-style animations) that will make the story truly come alive. There are also several graphic novel-style pages that will attract hesitant readers. Newly independent readers and Pilkey fans alike will not be disappointed by this humorous ride.&12; Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
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Word Count: 1,109
Reading Level: 2.9
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 59518 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.1 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q20093
Lexile: 510L
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L
There once was a mouse named Ricky Ricotta who lived in Squeakyville with his mother and father.

Ricky liked living with his mother and father, but sometimes he got lonely.

Ricky wished he had a friend to keep him company.

"Don't worry," said Ricky's father. "Some day something BIG will happen, and you will find a friend."

Excerpted from Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey
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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!

Meet Ricky Ricotta, a little mouse with a big problem!

Ricky Ricotta lives in Squeakyville with his mom and dad. Ricky has a hard time making friends at school, and the neighborhood bullies are always picking on him. If only Ricky could find someone to be his best buddy and keep those creepy bullies away!

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a mad scientist named Dr. Stinky McNasty has created a Mighty Robot who is as gentle as he is powerful. Dr. Stinky plans to make the Robot destroy Squeakyville, but there's one little thing in his way: Ricky Ricotta! When Ricky rescues the Robot, an unlikely friendship begins. And Ricky discovers that a little mouse can be a BIG hero -- with some help from his new best friend!

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