|Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot (Ricky Ricotta)|
Author: Pilkey, Dav
Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, is being bullied at school, but when he rescues a powerful robot from its evil creator, he acquires a friend and protector--and saves the city from Dr. Stinky.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 59518
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/14)
School Library Journal (05/01/14)
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Booklist - 04/15/2014 Poor little Ricky Ricotta—just a nerdy, bespectacled mouse with no friends. But when his dad says, “Someday something BIG will happen and you will find a friend,” he is right. One day, a giant robot, controlled by evil Dr. Stinky, attacks the city, but the robot has a change of heart when he sees the terrified townsmice. When Dr. Stinky punishes the robot for his disobedience, Ricky is the one to save him, and their friendship is cemented. Pilkey first published this series in 2000, but in preparation for new installments, Scholastic is rereleasing the stories with brand-new full-color illustrations on glossy pages from prolific artist Santat (Crankenstein, 2013). Aimed at a younger audience than the wildly popular Captain Underpants books, this series opener has all the classic Pilkey hallmarks: comic book panels, superhero action, and flip-o-rama, which here depicts the battle between Mighty Robot and the supersize class lizard infected with “Hate Potion #9” to enact Dr. Stinky’s revenge. Brace yourselves, there’s more on the way. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Pilkey’s publisher is pulling out all the stops for this series. Expect to see Ricky Ricotta TV spots any day now. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2014 Gr 1–3—Ricky Ricotta is a little guy who is always picked on. That is, until Dr. Stinky McNasty's plot to destroy the city by a giant, evil robot goes awry. The evil robot would rather be Ricky's friend than cause mass destruction. This reboot of the original title of the same name (Scholastic, 2000) includes all-new, full-color illustrations by Santat. Paired with Pilkey's minimal text, these images offer a new generation of readers a fun introduction to chapter books. The story includes Flip-O-Ramas (two-page flip book-style animations) that will make the story truly come alive. There are also several graphic novel-style pages that will attract hesitant readers. Newly independent readers and Pilkey fans alike will not be disappointed by this humorous ride.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.