A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
There's math in a few of the adventures, but engaging the reader is the most educational aspect of these books.
After all the fighting and violence, Ricky learns the importance of listening to his parents, following through on a promise, and every book ends with "...that's what friends are for!"
Positive Role Models
Ricky's parents are supportive, kind, and funny, and his mighty robot friend is the epitome of loyal -- but the rest of the characters are evil and aggressive.
Violence & Scariness
There are bullies, villains, epic battles, and Ricky is kidnapped by "bad guys" in several stories.
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The language is hostile and aggressive throughout the series, but is also creative and playful (scientists create a Meany Machine and Jurassic Jackrabbits).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series is an engaging -- if violent -- graphic novel adventure for early readers. Each story is a battle of good vs. evil, with tiny mouse Ricky often kidnapped during a massive battle, after which Ricky's giant lovable robot tosses the bad guys in the Squeakyville jail. Conflicts are resolved by confrontation and fighting; there's no diplomacy or empathy here. But, Pilkey, who also writes the Captain Underpants series, fills these stories with creative language that will make readers giggle (such as the contraption called the "Voodoo-Schmoodoo 2000). And the giant full-color illustrations on every page are as fun as the words.
Is It Any Good?
This series is for any reader who loves irreverent, action-packed stories, and who isn't bothered by violence or lack of sensitivity on the page. The Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series is a rough-and-tumble, hilarious, engaging adventure with immersive illustrations to match. The plot of each story is very "good vs. evil" and the language is simple, with a lot of repetition and rhyming and humor that will appeal to kids.
There isn't much text on any page, so there's no room for emotions here, but the words are silly and engaging, which keeps readers reading.
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