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Ricky Ricotta's giant robot : an adventure novel
Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
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Publication Information:
New York : Blue Sky Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, saves a giant robot from his evil creator, Dr. Stinky, and in turn, the robot protects Ricky from the bullies at school and it saves the city from Dr. Stinky's plan to destroy it.
Reading Level:
340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 20093 Guided reading level: L.
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This is the story of Ricky Ricotta, a lonely little mouse who befriends a giant robot, takes on the school bullies, and saves the city from an evil rat scientist -- Dr. Stinky McNasty!

Author Notes

Dav Pilkey was born on March 4th, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was a steel salesman, and his mother was the organist at a local church.

In 1984, Pilkey attended Kent State University as an art major. One of Pilkey's freshman English professors complimented him on his creative writing skills, and encouraged him to write books, which launched him into his career. He found out about a contest for students who write and illustrate their own books, with the winners earning the prize of publication. Pilkey began creating his first book, "World War Won," and entered it in The National Written and Illustrated By...Awards Contest for Students. Pilkey won the contest and flew to Kansas City, Missouri to meet the editors and publishers at Landmark Editions, Inc.

Soon after the publication of World War Won, Dav moved back to Kent, Ohio where he had gone to college. In 1997, Pilkey won the Caldecott Honor for his book "The Paperboy" but is perhaps better known for his "Captain Underpants" series, which he had created while still in elementary school. His title Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers made Publisher's Weekly best seller list for 2011. His title's, The Adventures of Captain Underpants and Dog Man Unleashed, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

"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 volume√Ąthe 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-In an accessible, highly illustrated format, Pilkey writes an adventure story with great appeal to lonely little guys everywhere. Ricky Ricotta is a nice mouse who is the victim of daily bullying. He longs for a friend, but is still waiting to find one. Luckily for Ricky, a mad scientist, Dr. Stinky McNasty, has created a giant robot that he is planning to use to rule the world. The robot refuses to destroy the city and Ricky stops McNasty from hurting it. Soon the robot and the mouse are great friends, and Ricky no longer has to worry about bullies. McNasty seeks revenge by turning Ricky's classroom pet lizard into an evil monster, but the robot defeats it and puts the villain in jail. Ontiveros's black-and-white cartoons have lots of activity, and the two "flip-o-rama action scenes" add to the fun. Instructions for drawing the robot and lizard monster are also included. With barely more text than a long easy-reader, this title will be a heaven-sent choice for kids with reading difficulties. And, they'll be thrilled to discover that this is just the first in a planned series.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1. Rickyp. 5
2. The Bulliesp. 9
3. Dr. Stinky McNastyp. 15
4. The Giant Robot (in Flip-O-Rama)p. 21
5. Ricky to the Rescuep. 37
6. Ricky's Pet Robotp. 45
7. Ricky's Giant Robot Helps Outp. 49
8. Back to Schoolp. 55
9. Show-and-Tellp. 59
10. Dr. Stinky's Revengep. 65
11. The Big Battle (in Flip-O-Rama)p. 71
12. The Electro-Rocketp. 93
13. Justice Prevailsp. 99
14. Back Homep. 101
How to Draw Ricky's Robotp. 106
How to Draw the Monsterp. 108