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What 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.
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What's the story?
In the RICKY RICOTTA'S MIGHTY ROBOT series, a battle-ready robot befriends tiny mouse Ricky, saving him from a life of being bullied for being small. When the robot moves into Ricky's house with his parents in Squeakyville, life changes forever. The two friends are in a constant battle with evil maniacs such as General Jackrabbit and Mr. Mosquito who want to take over Earth with their engineered armies. During an alien invasion or enemy attack, Ricky is often kidnapped by the evil mastermind and held hostage, but in the end, Ricky and his robot save the day, the villains are sent to Squeakyville jail, and Ricky checks in with his very understanding parents.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot would be like in their own town. Would it be fun or disruptive? What would you want it to do, or not do?
What would it be like to have a robot as a friend, and can people and robots be friends?
What other books have you read that adventures with robots?
- Author: Dav Pilkey
- Illustrators: Dan Santat, Martin Ontiveros
- Genre: Graphic Novel
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Scholastic
- Publication date: April 29, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 120
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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