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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (Ricky Ricotta #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  901 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Mr. Mosquito lives on Mercury, and he hates it there! The daytime temperature is more than eight hundred degrees, and his flip-flops always melt on the sidewalk. At night it gets so cold that his toothpaste is frozen solid. Imagine his delight when he looks through his telescope and sees Planet Earth, where mice play happily in comfortable weather. So he decides to invade ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Blue Sky Press
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Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot is a little boy's action adventure fantasy distilled to near perfection. It has robots. It has outer space. It has bad guys. It has robotic smack-downs, and it has a little guy empowered enough to save the world and be seen as heroic in his mom and dad's eyes. And did I mention that it has robotic smack-downs? And sometimes it even has explosions!

My nephew and I like Ricky Ricotta, but there is a slightly discordant note in that these stories seem to be aimed at very
Nov 05, 2011 Brenton rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Brenton by: Breanne
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Chris Flores
May 06, 2016 Chris Flores rated it it was amazing
I like is the book Ricky loves his but so sometimes it passed friend who one only his someone his said with Ricky could have so by him
Nov 06, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the second 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 a
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Nicola Mansfield
Mar 01, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
Another fun entry in this very simple early chapter book. I've just realized that the titles in this series are all related to the planets. This book starts with Mercury and then they go up in order to finally Pluto. As the book starts some brief facts about Mercury are thrown into the silly text so some real information is actually garnered here. As with the first book, the main theme is friendship. Ricky and the Robot develop their friendship as they battle against the evil Mr. Mosquito who ha ...more
Becky B
Ricky Ricotta and his Might Robot must defend the earth against a bunch of mutant mosquitoes led by Mr. Mosquito from Mercury (because he's fed up with life there). Robot has to quickly vanquish the mosquito hoard and then deal with Mr. Mosquito's final attempt to take over the Earth.

These books almost could be classified as graphic novels, they are so saturated with illustrations. But it just doesn't quite have the feel of a graphic novel so we'll just leave it as a well-illustrated beginner ch
Aug 03, 2014 Sophia rated it really liked it
My favorite part about this is that Dav Pilkey includes his audience in the animating, and attempts not only to pull them into his adventure, but to harness and set free their creativity.

There needs to be something like this for girls, or ideally, something all inclusive. Not all girls are into the 'mall madness extravaganza' or whatever they use to target the young female audience these days. As a kid it was all valley girls, ponies, fairies, and princesses, and I wasn't having any of it.

I wou
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 the action of the heroes defeating the villains. 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 2, Ricky and Robot fight off the mutant mosquitoes from Mars. This edition features both illustrated text and graphic novel pages. Emerging rea ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This new edition of Dav Pilkey’s much- beloved early chapter book features new color illustrations and slight modifications to the original text. Dan Satat’s illustrations reflect the action of the story and give it a comic feeling. The flip-o-rama section benefits greatly from the addition color and there are new mini-comic interludes in the story. Readers ready to move past easy readers but not quite ready for chapter books will love this fast paced story of Ricky and his robot rescuing earth ...more
3 stars for me, 5 from my children = 4 overall :-)

Ricky Ricotta books are filled with kid-pleasing humor, superhero action, comic book style illustrations, larger than life villains, alliterative text, how-to-draw directions, and the "flip-o-rama" feature which has the reader flipping pages quickly to make the characters appear to have movement. With names like Dr. Stinky McNasty, a Meany Machiney, and super duper villains from every planet, these consistently make kids laugh and have them comin
Another installment in the Ricky Ricotta series, this one features a villain from Mercury, Mr. Mosquito, who dislikes his planet home and decides to find a new one on Earth. When he invades earth with his pesky insects, it's up to Ricky and his robot friend to stop them. But the robot can't use all his physical powers once Ricky has been captured since he doesn't want him to get hurt. Ricky's clever thinking saves the day. Fans of Captain Underpants will enjoy this series with its trademark Flip ...more
May 26, 2014 Jnase1 rated it really liked it
I like that Pilkey kept his famous his flip-o-ramas in these books and has a how to draw the characters in the book at the end. Much more "acceptable" language/storyline than Captain Underpants, but maintains it's silliness that Captain Underpants fans love. I also like that each boo, with the exception of the first, has a different bad guy from each planet. That would makes these books fun as read alouds during a unit on space/planets.
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Jul 11, 2014 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it really liked it
Fun transitional chapter books for kiddos moving up from picture books. There's just 1-2 sentences per page with excellent full color illustrations.

Ricky the mouse and his giant robot have to save the world from Mr. Mosquito's giant mutants. But first he has to finish his math test.

Boychild loved it.
Mar 12, 2015 Angelina rated it it was amazing
This was a interesting Book i like it because it is vary funny and easy i thought it was just my level. I like the part when Ricky beat Mr.Mosquito. It remind me of when mosquitoes attack me and bit me.
Jacqueline Erickson
Nov 06, 2012 Jacqueline Erickson rated it it was ok
This was a very silly and interesting book by Dav Pilkey. The story is about a mouse named Ricky Ricotta who is best friends with a giant robot named Mighty Robot. The two save the world from a cruel creature and his mutant mosquitoes from mercury. This book is the second in a series of books involving Ricky Ricotta and Mighty Robot. The drawings and silly text are very entertaining, especially if not only for younger kids around the age of 5th grade. The "flip-o-rama" style ,used various times, ...more
This book was very interesting and a action packed book too.I loved the part were Ricky's Mighty Robot saved the day as usual.
Neville Ridley-smith
Nothing in this one for the parents. Too simplistic and not really funny in any way like the Captain Underpants books.
Jul 03, 2014 CJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the same exact thing as in book the dialogue and in the flip-o-ramas..even in the was the same.
Mar 12, 2015 Jerome rated it it was ok
A fun tale by Pilkey, not as fun as Captain Underpants, and largely devoid of any real humor.
May 22, 2016 Ami rated it it was amazing
Max really likes it because the mosquitoes are disgusting, but they don't want to drink the people's blood. He also likes that his spaceship turns into a Mecha-mosquito.
Well, my 7 year old- 2nd grade- Aspie- reluctant- reader gives this book 3 stars. It took about 20 minutes to read and provided maybe 1 or 2 new words at most. My guy likes these books because they are easy, very silly (but not as silly and gross as Captain Underpants) and don't take all day to read. When he finished it, he said, "I guess you can get me the set, Mom." The thing is, these aren't exactly the kinds of books anyone re-reads. I prefer to get them at the library, so we can move throug ...more
This was one of the better chapter books I've read!
Sep 30, 2014 Jatin rated it it was amazing
This book is a action book that's really good to read
Apr 01, 2015 Erika rated it really liked it
Superheroes and math ... my son loved it.
Mr. Graham
Jan 24, 2011 Mr. Graham rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, comic
The Ricky Ricotta books are very simplistic. Good vs. Evil. Good always wins. Everything turns out great in the end. Kids have not consequences for their foolishness. Ignorant parents and teachers have no idea what's going on. A ridiculous justice system puts evil interplanetary masterminds in the town jail. A regular kid saves the Universe. An author writes the same story nine times and people keep buying the books. Idiots like me keep reading them. It's everything we love about America.
Feb 10, 2016 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My son didn't like this one as much as the 1st in the series.
Nov 23, 2011 Samantha rated it liked it
Once more, I was left laughing when I read Ricky Ricotta's Might Robot Vs. The Mutant Mosquitoes From Mercury. We have so many questions regarding life on other planets and Pilkey tells us what is out there: Mutant Mosquitoes. I constantly find Flip-O-Rama to be highly entertaining. I do wonder though; if the mosquitoes had come in peace, would they have been able to leave among all the mice peacefully?? Hmm...mosquitoes must be suckers for childish violence =)
Lexi Tischman
Oct 26, 2013 Lexi Tischman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot VS The Mutant Mosquitoes From Mercury, by Dav Pilkey.

I like this book because it is a short read and it is good for any age that they can read it or it can be read to them. This book is about mosquitoes that live on Mercury and they hate it here. so they decide to come to earth and take over the world. read to find out if the mosquitoes do or don't take over the world.
Jun 04, 2011 George rated it really liked it
Ricky Ricotta giant robot V.S the mutant mosquitoes from mercury is a great book.In the book ricky had togo to school but he was late so his robot flew him to school.When Ricky was taking a test his robot help him by putting cars together so ricky can add them.When ricky was finish with his test he and his robot went to town to beat up the giant mosquitoes,Ricky and his robot won and they saved the day.
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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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