Brief Description:
Originally published in 2000 in a slightly different form by Blue Sky Press under title: Ricky Ricotta's giant robot vs. the mutant mosquitoes from Mercury.


Brief Description:
A mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his giant flying robot attempt to save the world from an invasion of massive mutant mosquitoes from Mercury.


Biographical Note:
When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books--the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to illustrate and write. He won a national competition in 1986 and the prize was the publication of his first book, World War Won. He made many other books before being awarded the 1998 California Young Reader Medal for Dog Breath, which was published in 1994, and in 1997 he won the Caldecott Honor for The Paperboy. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, published in 2002, was the first complete graphic novel spin-off from the Captain Underpants series and appeared at #6 on the USA Today bestseller list for all books, both adult and children's, and was also a New York Times bestseller. It was followed by The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung Fu Cavemen from the Future and Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, both USA Today bestsellers. The unconventional style of these graphic novels is intended to encourage uninhibited creativity in kids. His stories are semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, tolerance, and the triumph of the good-hearted. Dav loves to kayak in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.



Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Visit his website at www.dantat.com.


Jacket Description/Back:
Ricky Ricotta may be small, but he has the biggest best friend around!

Ricky's Mighty Robot always gets him to school on time, keeps bullies away, and even helps out with homework. These two friends do everything together! So when mean Mr. Mosquito invades Earth with his Mutant Mosquitoes, Ricky and his Robot rush to the rescue. But with the Mighty Robot in deep danger, Ricky will have to be brave on his own to save the day!

Featuring Flip-O-Rama!
Flip the pages to animate the action!

Plus: All-new mini comics inside!

Praise for Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

"A fun introduction to chapter books." -- School Library Journal

"Has all the classic Pilkey hallmarks: comic book panels, superhero action, and Flip-O-Rama." -- Booklist


Jacket Description/Flap:
Ricky Ricotta may be small, but he has the biggest best friend around!

Ricky's Mighty Robot always gets him to school on time, keeps bullies away, and even helps out with homework. These two friends do everything together! So when mean Mr. Mosquito invades Earth with his Mutant Mosquitoes, Ricky and his Robot rush to the rescue. But with the Mighty Robot in deep danger, Ricky will have to be brave on his own to save the day!

Featuring Flip-O-Rama!
Flip the pages to animate the action!

Plus: All-new mini comics inside!

Praise for Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

A fun introduction to chapter books. -- School Library Journal

Has all the classic Pilkey hallmarks: comic book panels, superhero action, and Flip-O-Rama. -- Booklist


Review Quotes:
Praise for the Ricky Ricotta series:

This reboot... offer[s] a new generation of readers a fun introduction to chapter books... Newly independent readers and Pilkey fans alike will not be disappointed by the humorous ride. -- School Library Journal

Aimed at a younger audience than the wildly popular Captain Underpants books, this series... has all the classic Pilkey hallmarks: comic book panels, superhero action, and flip-o-rama. -- Booklist


Publisher Marketing:
From Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed artist Dan Santat, an out-of-this-world friendship adventure with all-new full-color illustrations!

Ricky Ricotta may be small, but he has the biggest best friend around!

There's nothing better than being buddies with a giant flying Robot. Ricky's Mighty Robot always gets him to school on time, keeps bullies away, and even helps out with homework. These two friends do everything together!

When Mr. Mosquito, a meanie from the planet Mercury, invades Earth with his Mutant Mosquitoes, Ricky and his Robot rush to the rescue. But with the Mighty Robot in deep danger, Ricky will have to be brave on his own to save the day!


Review Citations:
  • School Library Journal 01/01/2006 pg. 112 (EAN 9780439376471, Paperback)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2006 pg. 63 (EAN 9780439376471, Paperback)
  • School Library Journal 01/01/2006 pg. 112 (EAN 9780439376464, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2006 pg. 63 (EAN 9780439376464, Hardcover)
  • PW Notes and Reprints 09/29/2003 pg. 67 (EAN 9780439376457, Mass Market Paperbound)
  • School Library Journal 01/01/2004 pg. 104 (EAN 9780439376457, Mass Market Paperbound)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2003 pg. 84 (EAN 9780439376457, Mass Market Paperbound)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2004 pg. 84 (EAN 9780439376457, Mass Market Paperbound)
  • Publishers Weekly 09/29/2003 (EAN 9780439376457, Mass Market Paperbound)
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  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2004 pg. 84 (EAN 9780439376440, Hardcover)
  • PW Notes and Reprints 09/09/2002 pg. 70 (EAN 9780439376426, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 12/01/2002 pg. 106 (EAN 9780439376426, Hardcover)
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  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2003 pg. 72 (EAN 9780439376426, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 09/09/2002 (EAN 9780439376426, Hardcover)
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  • PW Notes and Reprints 04/01/2002 pg. 85 (EAN 9780439252966, Mass Market Paperbound)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2002 pg. 120 (EAN 9780439252966, Mass Market Paperbound)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2002 pg. 362 (EAN 9780439252966, Mass Market Paperbound)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2002 pg. 362 (EAN 9780439252966, Mass Market Paperbound)
  • Kirkus Review - Children 12/15/2001 pg. 1761 (EAN 9780439252959, Hardcover)
  • PW Notes and Reprints 04/01/2002 pg. 85 (EAN 9780439252959, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2002 pg. 120 (EAN 9780439252959, Hardcover)
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  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2002 pg. 362 (EAN 9780439252959, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 04/01/2002 (EAN 9780439252959, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 02/05/2001 pg. 90 (EAN 9780439236256, Paperback)
  • Kirkus Review - Children 12/15/2000 pg. 1765 (EAN 9780439236249, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 02/05/2001 pg. 90 (EAN 9780439236249, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 05/01/2001 pg. 131 (EAN 9780439236249, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2001 pg. 294 (EAN 9780439236249, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2001 pg. 294 (EAN 9780439236249, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 10/01/2000 pg. 133 (EAN 9780590307222, Paperback)
  • Publishers Weekly 08/07/2000 pg. 97 (EAN 9780590307215, Hardcover)
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  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2015 pg. 71 (EAN 9780545631211, Library Binding)
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  • Kirkus Reviews 06/15/2014 pg. 124 (EAN 9780545630122, Paperback)
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  • Booklist 04/15/2014 pg. 55 (EAN 9780545631068, Library Binding)
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  • School Library Journal 05/01/2014 pg. 90 (EAN 9780545630092, Paperback)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2014 pg. 63 (EAN 9780545630092, Paperback)

Contributor Bio:  Pilkey, Dav
DAV PILKEY is the creator of many acclaimed children's books, including Dogzilla, Kat Kong, god bless the gargoyles, and the bestselling Captain Underpants series. His book The Paperboy received a Caldecott Honor. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. www.pilkey.com