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With more than 1.8 million books in print, Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot are a big hit with children. Their latest adventure is the best one yet!
Ricky Ricotta loves his Mighty Robot, but sometimes it's hard for a little mouse to have a best friend who's so BIG. One night, Ricky makes a wish: If only his Mighty Robot had another friend who was his own size so he wouldn't have to hang out with Ricky all the time. Little does Ricky know, his wish is about to come true. Evil Uncle Unicorn has traveled all the way from Uranus with a mean and nasty plan. He's built a giant Ladybot to trick the Mighty Robot so he can take over planet Earth. Once again, it's up to Ricky and his pals to save the day.
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Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; DOG BREATH, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and THE PAPERBOY, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.Review:
SLJ PILKEY, Dav. Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus. illus. by Martin Ontiveros. 125p. Scholastic/Blue Sky. 2005. Tr $16.99. ISBN 0-439-37646-7; pap. $3.99. ISBN 0-439-37647-5. LC 2004022710.
Gr 1-3 In this installment in the early chapter-book adventure series, Ricky and his robot battle villains from Uranus. When the little mouse finds himself weary of the problems associated with having an awkwardly huge robot friend, he wishes that the Mighty Robot would find a pal his own size. Ricky's wish comes true when the evil Uncle Unicorn creates a giant Ladybot to steal the Mighty Robot's affections. It's all part of Uncle Unicorn's plan to take over the Earth. Ricky enlists the help of his cousin Lucy and her Jurassic Jackrabbit pets to break the Ladybot's hold on his robot and to save the planet. The author delivers another plot-driven, action-packed tale complete with rock 'em-sock 'em battle scenes illustrated in gimmicky Flip-O-Rama.” Ontiveros's black-and-white cartoons add to the fun and provide additional character details. The text is easy to read, with manageable sentences and short chapters. The package is designed to attract reluctant readers, especially boys, and it will do just that. The book even includes a mini art lesson so fans can draw their favorite characters from the story. Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada
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