Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Video Vultures from Venus
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Video Vultures from Venus

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Series: Ricky Ricotta Vol. 3   

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Annotation: A small mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his best friend, a giant flying robot, save the planet from Victor Von Vulture and his vicious Voodos Vultures.
Catalog Number: #84241
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Santat, Dan,
Pages: 118 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-63011-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-82301-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-63011-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-82301-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 00060826
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Ricky Ricotta has a whole new look in these repackaged editions. The intrepid mouse still vanquishes neighborhood bullies, but now the slight plots are accompanied by original full-color digital art by Santat. With several "flip-o-rama" animation pages and comic-book sequences embedded in the stories, reluctant readers will appreciate chapter books that are easy to get through.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>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 irresponsiblya"he and his robot have come home late for dinner againa"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)</p>
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 appearand 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
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 1,633
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 59520 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.5 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q23616
Lexile: 520L

Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot are best buddies -- but with big friends come big responsibilities...

Ricky and his Mighty Robot are late for dinner again, and Ricky's parents are not too happy. They think Ricky and his Robot need to learn a lesson, so that night they send the boys to bed without TV.

Luckily for Ricky and his Robot, their punishment saves them from falling under the spell of Victor Von Vulture, a villain from the planet Venus. Victor has invaded Earth with his Video Vultures, with plans to steal all the food in Squeakyville. Now only Ricky and his Robot can send the bad guys soaring back into space!

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