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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot: Giant Robot (Ricky Ricotta #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,372 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
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!
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Blue Sky Press (first published 2000)
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Aug 24, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
This is the first book in the Ricky Ricotta series by Dav Pilkey. I thought it was interesting that he did not illustrate these books himself, although the format of the tale is very similar to his Captain Underpants books, without the silliness and toilet humor.

I get the impression that this series was meant to appeal to younger readers, be more commercially acceptable, and avoid the Banned book lists. And thus, it lacks a lot of the charm of the Tra-la-la tales.

Still, it's an entertaining an
Nicola Mansfield
Mar 01, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

I used to be a snob about Dav Pilkey's books but I've gotten over that :-) My son loves anything by him. He used to take this series out of the library and *look* at it and now he can finally read it. And he read it very well, indeed. This is exactly his reading level. He needed help with about one word per every other page. The story is silly and fun but not babyish, making it very good for struggling older elementary kids. The Flip-o-rama p
Libby Ames
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot is one of the best easy readers I have encountered. It is a perfect transition to chapter books with large illustrations and never too many words on a page. However, it is formatted like a thick chapter book making early readers feel very successful as they whiz through the chapters. The story includes evil villains, mighty robots, but also shares valuable lessons about standing up to bullies. With simple writing, the level is good for young readers, but includes sub ...more
Michael Koreis
This book is about a mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his best friend who is a robot originally designed to destroy their city. In this particular book, from the Mighty Robot series, Ricky is being bullied on the way to school, as well as at school. The robot ends up protecting Ricky and forever making the bullies leave him alone. The robot is also bullied by the evil scientist, Dr. Stinky, that created him and Ricky protects the robot from him. They lived happily ever after, until the next book th ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
When my son, who just graduated kindergarten, got to the end of a chapter and I said, "Do you want to stop for the night or keep reading?" he shouted, "keep reading!" He was introduced to some great new vocab words yet I felt the author really tried hard to keep the reading level down for more of a beginning reader. We both loved the "flip-o-rama" sections of illustration where my son could also add in some fun sound effects. He loved being able to read on his own something with both adventure a ...more
Emily Bayci
Jul 25, 2016 Emily Bayci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read with broad action packed illustrations about Ricky's unconventional friendship with the Mighty Robot. Also a fun flip-o-rama to "animate the action" Highly recommended for beginning readers Gr. K-2 who like robots and adventure/ are looking for a new series.
Oct 08, 2009 J. rated it really liked it
Super cute narrative; not very funny, though. Be aware that it is not intended to be as comedy-centric as "Cpt. Underpants".
Jul 26, 2010 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Bathroom humor, mutant alien battles and animated fight scenes...Pilkey is genius at knowing what appeals to 5-7 year old boys
Courtney Umlauf
Ricky Ricotta is a mouse wishing for a friend and trying to avoid bullies. When he sees a Mighty Robot being bullied by his creator, the evil Dr. Stinky McNasty, Ricky stands up for the robot. He quickly gains a friend and ally who will stand with him against evil giant lizard monsters, and all the foes to come.

3.5 stars - This series from Dav Pilkey (author of the hilarious Captain Underpants) is for a younger reader. The pages are full of engaging illustrations with just a few words per page,
Missy McConnell
Ricky Ricotta is a small mouse who often gets bullied on his way to school. One day that all changes when something BIG happens and he finds himself with a new companion- His Mighty Robot! This fast-paced, action packed comic is fun to read and features Dav Pilkey's Flip-o-Rama animation sequences.

I loved the illustrations and the story with the anti-bullying message.companion- His Mighty Robot! This fast-paced, action packed comic is fun to read and features Dav Pilkey's Flip-o-Rama animation
Carrie Boberg
Nov 19, 2016 Carrie Boberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
August enjoyed(s) this book every so often. Quick action-packed chapters which blew by at bedtime. More Ricky Ricotta to come! :)
Justin Castillo
Jan 09, 2017 Justin Castillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in English. Great for budding illustrators and cartoonists.
Kate Puleo Unger
The Mighty Robot was recommended to me by my twin sister. He son, Andy (age 5), loves them, and she thought Christopher would like them too. She was right! He loves them. And so do I. Jim read this first book to him all in one night, and I was shocked. Then Christopher read the whole thing to me the next night. It took him less than 19 minutes. I couldn't believe it. He wouldn't stop. A book that had him that interested in reading made me go onto the library website and reserve the rest of the s ...more
Marcos Kopschitz
Nov 14, 2016 Marcos Kopschitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, infantil
Divertida história com um rato e um robô. Dav Pilkey, americano, é considerado um expert em literatura para leitores mais jovens, e é autor de várias séries para crianças, como Ricky Ricota, Capitão Cueca, Superbebê Fraldinha e Coelhos Tapados.

Além de uma história com elementos clássicos (cientista maluco, robô lutando contra monstro, etc.), bem ilustrada e de textos curtos, uma coisa bem interessante é que as páginas possibilitam uma pequena animação com uma antiquíssima técnica quadro-a-quadro
Oct 13, 2014 Zack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I had some fun reading this book though I would have to say its more of a "transitional" graphic novel than an actual graphic novel.
Dav Pilkey's writing for this age range is easy to read and follow for children in the first and second grades(it could even be suited for high level kindergarten readers). The book is also a nice change of pace from the increasingly complicated toilet based mythology of the Captain Underpants series and it actually has a surprising maturity for its age level.
The ar
Hannah Taylor
Personal reaction: I thought this book was a lot of fun because of the way Ricky saves the robot from the evil villain and finds a new friend that he can save the world with in the process. I also really liked the 'Flip-O-Gram' feature where you could flip pages back and forth really quickly to make the pictures look animated.

Purpose: This would be a great book for a transitional reader to read because of the picture support the book gives. Additionally, the words have a nice balance between unf
Sep 15, 2016 PSU rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the book mightyrobot was about the fight with the bugs i thinck this book is for like the fight and the robot. i thinck mightyrobot was a good book.
Edward Creter
Dav Pilkey, the wunderkind who gave us inspiration (and some critics perspiration) with the wonderful Captain Underpants Saga, has come up with a new hero for fans of Iron Man and Beverly Cleary. High praise? You betcha! A young mouse hero meets and befriends a robotic superhero after saving his metal butt from being enslaved by a wicked rat scientist who plans to destroy the city. No explanation as to why. To explain would ruin the experience of enjoying the book! Soon the Mighty Robot squares ...more
Vicente Mosqueda
This book was about that Ricky was getting bullied by kids. So a evil person wanted to rule the city were Ricky lived so the evil guy built might robot for mighty could take over the city but the bad thing was that mighty was a nice robot. So the evil guy shoot a missile at mighty robot but when he was going to shoot Ricky kicked the guy and he missed. Then mighty robot said "he owes him his life". So Ricky told his dad if he could keep him and they said "yes". He showed him them and they starte ...more
What a great book for young action/adventure aficionados! The story was exciting, action-packed, and most importantly for some parents, age appropriate for kindergarten to second or third grade aged kids. There is a message in this book, but it doesn't beat the reader over the head, and I didn't think it was overly syrupy, either.

There were some mild fisticuffs, which I didn't think were misplaced or over-the-top, but I do think this was a slightly discordant note in the book because the story
Jayda Harris
This book was about that Ricky was getting bullied by kids. So a evil person wanted to rule the city were Ricky lived so the evil guy built might robot for mighty could take over the city but the bad thing was that mighty was a nice robot. So the evil guy shoot a missile at mighty robot but when he was going to shoot Ricky kicked the guy and he missed. Then mighty robot said "he owes him his life". So Ricky told his dad if he could keep him and they said "yes". He showed him them and they starte ...more
Sweet on Books
Dr. Stinky McNasty has created a robot to destroy Squeakyville. Meanwhile, down in Squeakyville, Ricky Ricotta is busy fending off bullies and loneliness. One day Ricky spies Dr. McNasty yelling at his robot to be more menacing and evil; little Ricky steps in to protect the giant robot and a friendship is born. The robot comes to live with Ricky and his parents and helps the Ricottas and the townspeople fight off an inordinate number of unfortunate events set in motion by Dr. McNasty, including ...more
Wayne McCoy
May 17, 2014 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
'Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot' is a reissue of an older series with new art and some pages of paneled comics. They story is by kid favorite Dav Pilkey and the new art is by Dan Santat.

Poor little Ricky Ricotta. He doesn't have a friend, and he has a bully problem. When evil Dr. Stinky's plans go awry, Ricky finds himself with a giant new friend. Will this solve his bully problems and make him more popular in school? I wish I'd had a giant robot to take to school!

The text is the same and the othe
Oct 04, 2010 Daquan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Have you ever read the book called, Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey?
This book is about a city but not a human city. A mouse city. There is a kid mouse who always gets bullied by other mouse kids. Also in this city there was an evil scientist who created a mighty robot to destroy the earth. The robot liked earth and didn’t want to destroy it. The mouse who was getting bullied stopped the evil scientist from destroying the robot and earth. From that day on, they became friends; the robot always prote
Sep 08, 2014 Paula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-issue of the original Ricky Ricotta titles but with new, color illustrations and novel “Flip-o-rama” pages that simulate action. Each book has basically the same plot and ending: Squeakyville is threatened by creatures from another planet (always alliteratively named) and all end up in jail. In volume 1, evil scientist Dr. Stinky McNasty plans to destroy Squeakyville with his Mighty Robot. But Robot sees the results of his havoc and joins forces with the unassuming Ricky instead. To ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
Ricky is a small mouse, and he’s always getting picked on. That is, until he meets Robot!

My son is really small for his age. Though almost 6, he’s the size of a small 3 year old. I thought he might connect with Ricky. As a parent, I can’t say this was my favorite book. My son liked it okay, though he became a little confused with parts.

This is somewhat of a combination book/comic book. My son really enjoyed the book part, but became confused during the comic book parts. We don’t read much in the
Mar 12, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book when I first read it years ago, but with the new illustrations it has catapulted the title and I think it will be reinvigorated with new audiences. Ricky adopts a new pet, a robot the size of a four story building. This mighty robot is also a super hero. Boys will gravitate to this series even more than they already do. Plus I think the new illustrations help to put some separation between this series and the Captain Underpants series, which is a good thing. I know parents that ...more
I hated this book but the boys (now aged 4 & 6) love this series. They're all about this one kid, a mouse named Ricky, who has a powerful robot and together they (with no help from anyone else) save the town from an unending onslaught of attacking Bad Guys. That is all that fucking happens, book after book. Bad Guy threatens the mouse community, Ricky comes to the rescue, he & his robot defeat the Bad Guy in a series of tense battles, they throw the Bad Guy in jail, and everyone rejoices ...more
Becky B
Ricky Ricotta has been having problems with bullies pestering him at school, but when he helps rescue Mighty Robot from the evil Dr. Stinky, he gains a friend and a solution to his bully problems. Of course, Dr. Stinky isn't too happy about losing his robot, so he creates a new monster that threatens the world. But though there's an epic battle, the huge lizard is no match for Might Robot.

A fun, well-illustrated easy chapter book for beginning readers. Most kids will probably especially love the
Yonghun Cho
Apr 30, 2015 Yonghun Cho rated it liked it
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David "Dav" Pilkey (b. March 4, 1966), is a popular children's author and artist. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.

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