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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn Paperback – September 1, 2003

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Horn Book Guide
(April 1, 2004; 0-439-37644-0)

Mouse Ricky Ricotta is visiting his cousin Lucy when Sergeant Stinkbug and his army arrive from Saturn with a plan to take over Earth. These stinkers kidnap Lucy, but, as usual, Ricky's robot comes to the rescue. Illustrated with black-and-white comic-book-style images, the slight story is so similar to others in the series (this is the sixth offering) that even fans may find it boring. Copyright 2004 of The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal
(January 1, 2004; 0-439-37644-0)

Gr 2-4-In their sixth adventure, young mouse Ricky and his robot friend battle Sergeant Stinkbug and his foul-smelling hordes. The iniquitous insects need a new realm to pollute, so they launch their garbage-can spaceship, planning to kidnap the king of Earth and take over the planet. Unfortunately, they snatch Ricky's cousin Lucy instead. Ricky and the Mighty Robot ride to the rescue, accompanied by Lucy's unusual pet jackrabbits, which were introduced in Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter (Scholastic, 2002). When Sergeant Stinkbug's Grow-Big Gumballs put the robot out of commission, it is up to the children to dump the trash troops and save the world once again. The short, easy-reading text is highlighted by Pilkey's off-the-wall, deadpan humor. The black-and-white cartoons and the Flip-O-Rama pages add to the comic-book effect. This is a lighthearted transitional chapter book that will have strong appeal to reluctant readers.-Elaine E. Knight Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Publishers Weekly
(September 29, 2003; 0-439-37645-9)

In the sixth book in Dav Pilkey's adventure series aimed at younger readers, Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn by Dav Pilkey, illus. by Martin Ontiveros, a smelly space monster kidnaps Ricky's cousin Lucy. When Sergeant Stinkbug captures Ricky's Mighty Robot too, it's Ricky's turn to save the day. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.


About the Author

"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

Dav Pilkey is the Caldecott Honor Award-winning creator of more than 40 books for children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ricky Ricotta (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439376459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439376457
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This was the first chapter book that I read to my kids ages 6.5 and 4. The name alone is funny. The kids wondered how a robot was invented by Ricky Ricotta. This was probably explained in one of the earlier ones.
It is truly a funny book as Dav Pilkey books are absolutely hysterical. All of his books seem to provide adult humor and loads of play on words.
The trouble starts when Ricky Ricotta is forced by his parents to go to his cousin Lucy's house. Her parents are overly loving to him. His uncle hurts Ricky with very strong handshakes. His aunt attacks with a million kisses. EEKK! Typical boy, to think of this as a real annoyance. His cousin only wants to play Princess and other girly games. She has 3 Jurassic pets. I am not sure about how they are alive. I guess this was in one of the earlier books too.
The stinkbugs live on Saturn a really dirty and polluted planet. It is ruled by a Stinkbug leader who cannot even live on such a disgusting planet. He decides that he will rule over the Planet Earth.
His cousin yells about her Rubies. This is when the stinkbugs want to capture her for the Rubies. They decide that she must be the ruler of Earth and they must have her.
Ricky Ricotta tries to come to the rescue with his friendly robot. This does not work and Ricky himself is captured. They feel doomed. Yet, Ricky turns out to be the hero and it is a happy ending for the readers.
My kids loved the short chapters. I thought that they would not like the books because of the black and white photos but it was simple like coloring pages without the colorings. The words in the story were easy enough for my kids to understand. It was a great adventure. I thought that my daughter, age 4, would be lost and not care about a main character that was a male mouse. She loved it.
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My 9 year-old third grader has been looking for "chapter" books within his reading level. He is very interested in his older brothers old books but is not yet ready (Diary of a Wimpy kid, Captain Underpants etc.). These were recommended to me by a friend and I decided to give them a try. I went on AR finder and checked the reading level and immediately ordered a few. He has not put these books down since they arrived. He is your typical boy- loves the outdoors, trucks, video games and so on. He was so excited that he has been showing extended family members his new chapter books. After reading a few pages he will excitedly tell me different things that are happening in the stories. I love that he can take these to school and take AR quizzes and keep them in our home library to read again later. If you have a 3rd grader that is not yet ready for "chapter" books, you will not be disappointed with these.
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Ricky Ricotta's Might Robot is an awesome early chapter book series. My son who started reading this easily at 6, found them fun to read. He loves the series and ability to go through chapters. Although for some parents, they might not like the language of the title offensive "Stupid" which is used in the book, I'm not too offended by it. With the series you follow a mouse - Ricky, who makes friends with a giant robot. They together stop the evil bad guys from the other planets. Too bad we didn't have more planets, or I'm sure there would be more books in the series. Overall, its a great book, and I have even enjoyed the stories as my son has read them to me. Additionally, the coloring and artwork on these newer color books are a total step up from the original black and white versions. Trust me, if you have a little boy who likes to read, this would be a fun book for him.
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I'm a big fan of early reader comic books for kids, and this series seems to be interesting to my 6 year old boy. The first book was very cute, but this one seems like the story was phoned in. It is also clear that kids must read these in chronological order to pick up on certain references and characters, so be aware before you buy. On a hunch, I recently introduced him to the Captain Underpants series and have found that it is much more to his liking than Ricky Ricotta and his robot.
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I owned this book in the old print, and my students requested I buy the new color version-same beloved character and story, just an updated version. Great for fourth graders who might be reluctant readers.
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Honestly he does but this is meant for younger readers? He wished there was more to the story like the captain underpants series. He is a big fan of anything Dav Pilkey writes. We have a lot of his books. When a new book comes out, my son has to have it. He loves the humor and wit and the slapstick and those page flipping deals a flip-O-rama. He likes the Ricky Ricotta series but he just wished they were longer reads.
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It was hard to rate this entire series because as a story, my students would rate it as a '5-star' but the binding is rotten, '1-star' at best. The books all fell apart within a week. I teach 1-2 multiage so my learners are 6-7 years old and know how to properly handle books. Unfortunately the pages would fall out while reading. Grr.
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By R. Smith on September 30, 2015
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Do you like to read funny books? I just read Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid stink bugs from Saturn by. Dav Pilkey. This book is amazing! It is about a mouse saving the day from sink bugs.
First of all, Mighty Robot is a funny character especially when he acts like animals. For example, he is acting like a rabbit. He has his knees on the ground and his arms forward in front. On another page, he acts like a chipmunk. Mighty Robot puts his hand inside the grilled cheese sandwiches and puts all the food in his mouth. Ricky’s pet acts like a dog. He gets on the ground and licks the grandma. Do you think it sounds funny?
Also, in the book when you flip the pages it looks like a cartoon. On page 79, the sink bug attacks. Also the other sink bug laughs. It looks like the stink cloud is moving. On page 95, Ricky Ricotta attacks. Ricky attacks both of the sink bugs. It looks like his legs are moving. On page 91, Ricky fights harder. One stinkbug is down. Then it looks like he hits the other stinkbug really hard. Do you think flip books are cool?
Finally, in the end of the book it shows you how to draw the characters. For example, it said “How to draw warrior stinkbug." It shows you how to draw Lucy step by step, and Mighty Robot. If you like to draw, choose this book.
Some people think this book is lame, however, this book is not only for kid. Its is for everyone. Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot is not just amazing, it's silly! If I were you, I would buy this book right away!
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