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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Astro-Activity Book O' Fun Paperback – March 1, 2006

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The Iron Giant meets Clifford the Big Red Dog in Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot, the first book in an illustrated series for early readers. Ricky is a young mouse who needs a friend, is bullied by schoolmates, and is waiting for something BIG to happen. But he never expected the arrival of anything as big as Dr. Stinky McNasty's giant robot, created by the evil doctor to destroy all of Squeakyville. When the robot refuses to demolish the town, however, Ricky steps up to save it from the ensuing wrath of the maniacal doctor--twice! In some very Clifford-esque perspectives, the friendly iron giant dwarfs Ricky's neighborhood, scares crows (and bullies), and allows Ricky's new friends to ride on his back. In the end children will be satisfied to see the doctor's secret cave detonated by the very electro-rocket he wanted to use on his errant robot, and even more satisfied to see the robot depositing Dr. Stinky McNasty into the city jail. (Ages 6 and older) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Some day something BIG will happen, and you will find a friend," his father tells Ricky, a lonely mouse whose diminutive stature makes him a target of bullies. Mr. Ricotta is only partially right: Ricky does find a friend, but nothing of consequence happens in this slim volumeAthe first in a series. The book features the same "flip-o-rama" technique (readers flip certain pages back and forth, creating the effect of animation) as do Pilkey's Captain Underpants titles. Unfortunately, both the artwork (which looks suspiciously like Pilkey's) and the plot lack the wry bite and comic energy of that earlier series. Evil Dr. Stinky McNasty creates an enormous robot that refuses to obey a command to stomp out Ricky's hometown of Squeakyville. When the mad doctor tries to punish his uncooperative invention, the tiny mouse comes to the defense of the giant robot and it follows him home. Ricky's new "pet" bests the bullies, wows Ricky's class at school and manages to foil Dr. Stinky's attempt at revenge. Pilkey's tale may well give timid or bullied kids a shot of reassurance, but its humor falls as flat as Dr. Stinky's attempt to destroy the city. In eight adventures scheduled to follow, Ricky's robot battles creatures from other planets. Ages 6-10. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; Act Csm edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439826012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439826013
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One again, thank you Dav! Ricky R is the "breakthrough" book for my reluctant reader 6 year old son. For the first time, he could not stop reading a book and was proud to have finished a chapter book. Attention all elementary school librarians who will not put "Captain Underpants" in libraries because of the toilet talk...give Ricky R a try and all the parents of little boys will be grateful! While this book does not have the same level of wit as Captain Underpants, it is really geared to a younger reader. My son thought it was a riot!
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It is very hard to find books for little boys (starting readers), that are page turners. We slogged through the "the - wheels - turn- around - and - around" books. You know the ones with a large picture and some repetitive sentence on each page. Never mind my son, I thought even I had ADD. But we read this book in one go. That had never happened before. He is now checking out each book store for the sequel. Dave Pilkey rules!!!!
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By A Customer on January 28, 2000
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Thank you, Dav, for providing us with a new series of books to look forward to. When my children were little, I made it a habit to read all books prior to giving them to my children to read, to make sure they were appropriate. I do the same for my grandchildren now. I fell in love with Captain Underpants and the Dumb Bunnies, and now I have Ricky Ricotta and his giant robot to look forward to. My 5-year old grandchild, who will start school this September, loves this new book. He was absolutely fascinated with the illustrations, and has spent many hours copying the pictures of Ricky and the robot. He says that when he starts school if someone starts to bully him, he will remember how Ricky handled it and not be afraid. Keep up the good work, Mr. Pilkey and Mr. Ontiveros. Kids today need these kinds of heroes.
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Captain Underpants has a special place in my heart. When my son was younger he would NOT read. I bought him hundreds of books and nothing. I found a Captain Underpants book and decided to try it. It was the FIRST book he wanted to read. Because of this series sparking his interest in reading he is now in 6th grade and reading on a much higher level. Captain Underpants has inappropriate body humor (love it) and everything thing else that can capture a young boy's desire to read. I was sad that this book was supposed to be the last and heartened to find out there will be another book. The actual book is another great one in the series and my son loved it. He said there was enough action and bad humor to keep him happy and can not wait until the next book comes out. According to the eleven year old boy it was "AWESOME"!!!
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My 5 year old loves not only the Ricky Ricotta stories, but the drawing tutorial things in the back keep him occupied for hours! We have lots of homemade comics around the house now and sometimes he would rather draw than play on the computer -- that's something!
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At age 7, my son had mastered the basics of reading and refused to touch those step into reading books anymore because he thought they were boring. This book is great for readers who are in the transition of stepping up to chapter books. It is an easy,and interesting enough a book that my son can, and wants to, read it by himself in bed. While he loved Captain Underpants, he found many of the words and concepts (like "reverse psychology") a little difficult to grasp alone so that book needed adult help. Ricky Ricotta gave him confidence because he could easily read it ,and yet it wasn't a "baby" book. I also find that most early chapter books are written with the female reader in mind. This one isn't.
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My 7 year old twin boys absolutely LOVE the whole Capt. Underpants collection. In fact, my son Charlie insisted that we enter a review, so he is dictating to me (I can type a little faster, for now).

"Best book in the universe!" Initially got that wrong, he made me put an exclamation point in.

Favorite part? "The whole book."

Why is it the best? "Because it's inappropriate."

Why is being inappropriate a good thing? "Because it's silly."
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My son is a huge fan of Captain Underpants and was counting down the days to the release of this book. It's amusing, full of toilet humor, and my girls will run in to hear it when I'm reading it to him. The whole series has been great at motivating my son to read. The flip-o-rama is a big hit, as well.
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