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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Collection (Books 1-4) Paperback – Box set, September 1, 2002

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"Considered one of the most popular contemporary authors for readers in elementary school, (Dav Pilkey) is also regarded as a talented artist and inventive humorist as well as a subtle moralist. ...He underscores his works--even at their most outrageous--with a philosophy that emphasizes friendship, tolerance, and generosity and celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Box edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439435226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439435222
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Considered one of the most popular contemporary authors for readers in elementary school, (Dav Pilkey) is also regarded as a talented artist and inventive humorist as well as a subtle moralist. ...He underscores his works--even at their most outrageous--with a philosophy that emphasizes friendship, tolerance, and generosity and celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted."
-The Educational Book & Media Association

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"Pilkey's sharp humor shines, and is as much fun for parents as their young readers." PARENTS' CHOICE FOUNDATION

"Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action" - BOOKLIST

"For every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"(One of the) 5 Books That All Children Should Read" - HEALTHY FAMILY MATTERS

"Call Pilkey . . . the savior of the 'reluctant reader.' " --USA TODAY

2012 PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER

Dav Pilkey is the Caldecott Honor Award-winning author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children. Check out his award-winning website at www.Pilkey.com

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By A Customer on December 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great set of books for children who are past the "easy" reading books and need to move on, but not at chapter book level. My son loves this series. He couldn't put it down and laughed through them. I wish there were more Ricky Ricotta's books written. Highly recommended!
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The books are great, my 4 and 7 year old boys both love them. However, the quality of the construction of the books is poor. When you do the flip-o-rama pages, the pages fall out. The pages are being held together with scotch tape.
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I am not really a fan of Ricky Ricotta but my son asked me to buy this set for him. He enjoys these kind of books. I read one and found out that they were quite simple to read and understand. Filled with action and adventure. Bottomline, if you have an 8 year old boy or girl that likes reading comic books and likes a lot of action in them, then I would recommend this set.
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Dave Pilkey has made my son a reader.

Struggling with a learning disability, my seven year old boy felt pressured to be reading chapter books like his friends were. Pilkey and Oliveros saved the day.

The genre is one a boy can really get behind. The illustrations are wonderful, and narrative enough in nature to help a struggling reader.

Flip-o-rama (page to page animation)is just cheesey enough to make it cool.

The only other thing I would ask for is more books in the series. Get Super Diaper Baby while you're waiting, and Captain Underpants after that. They are the most read books in my child's library.
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Dav Pilkey has my son hooked! After thoroughly enjoying Pilkey's series of Dragon books, we went in search of more of his works. My son (6) loved the Dragon Tales so much I was concerned that nothing could beat it. I was wrong, Ricky Rocotta and his Mighty Robot make bedtime an adventure. We have finished the series, but I'm sure once my son becomes an independent reader he'll enjoy them all over again!
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My daughter's first grade teacher read some of these books aloud to her class at the end of the school year. She talked about them all summer! This from a child who seems to hate reading. Her teacher wanted them reading 'chapter' books by the beginning of second grade and these are great books to start with. There are alot of funny illustrations to cue the child into figuring out words they may not know, but plenty of challenging age appropriate words to keep parents happy. You and your child will feel good about these books.
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This would be a great book if it wouldn't fall apart. After sitting with it just a little bit and trying to do the flip pages the page just fell out. The story is wonderful and very intertaining for a 4 to 7 year old learning to read, or needing to get interested in reading. I have never had a book that the pages just fall out from the glue.

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I would have given it one star, if it weren't for the fact the story and the cartoon illustration and the flip pages are all wonderful.
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My first glance at Ricky Ricotta led me to dismiss these as less-fun items in Dav Pilkey's enormous backlist (he's the author of the humungously fun and kid popular series Captain Underpants, as well as dozens of other titles like Dumb Bunny, Dogzilla, Dragon, etc...) That's not what my kids thought! I was shocked to see my son Ben (age 6) alone on his bed reading Ricky Ricotta all by himself - to himself! It was the first time he ever just sat and read a chapter book by himself. My son loves super heroes and watches shows like Ben10 (about a boy who can become a bunch of alien superheroes). It's that age old subconscious tension between feeling the powerlessness of being a small minor with wanting the world-shifting power they see in adults. Ricky Ricotta is about a little mouse boy who comes into possession (well - maybe it's control over - or maybe just close friendship with...) a super giant powerful robot. They have adventures that involve fighting evil enemies and saving the world. It's handled in a light funny way - like Captain Underpants' style - but without the major scatalogical focus. It's right on the money and little Ben quickly devoured these. Then he read them to his little 3 year old sister. She didn't sit still for all of it (what 3 year old ever sits still for anything?) but she clearly enjoyed them too. I can't recommend them highly enough for kids in the early-reader zone.
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