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Mighty Robot Vs the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter (Ricky Ricotta) Mass Market Paperback – 1 September 2002

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Dav Pilkey hits the halfway mark in this cheerfully ridiculous, easy-reader series that spans the solar system, as Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot takes on the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter.

Little Ricky (a smart young mouse, for those of you just joining us) is having a birthday, and that's cause for some serious robotic celebration. The family--along with cousin Lucy ("a little PEST!")--piles on top of the Mighty Robot for a trip to see dino skeletons at the local museum. Unfortunately, General Jackrabbit, evil ruler of Jupiter's "billions of carrot-loving jackrabbits" (the carrots make the planet orange, you see), has other plans for our heroes. He's hoping to take over Earth, but he knows that first he's got to take down Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot. And how better to accomplish that than using the museum's dino skeletons, some of the General's own DNA, and a Meany Machiney to create three big, mean Jurassic Jackrabbits?

There's no doubt that Pilkey can be much funnier when he has more words to work with--witness any of the Captain Underpants books (and Ricky Ricotta is no George or Harold)--but this series at least gives younger readers something fun to do while working on their reading chops. And, of course, you don't have to read a single word to thoroughly enjoy Flip-o-Rama, Pilkey's "world-famous cheesy animation technique," which lets readers flip pages back and forth to animate the action. (Also includes step-by-step drawing tips from equally fun-loving illustrator Martin Ontiveros.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes


Praise for the Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series:

"An adventure story with great appeal . . . With barely more text than a long easy-reader, this title will be a heaven-sent choice for kids with reading difficulties." -School Library Journal

"It's easy to see how Pilkey's high-action, easy-reading chapter novel with a comic book feel would appeal to younger readers . . . Silly good fun." -Kirkus

"Newly independent readers and Pilkey fans alike will not be disappointed by this humorous ride." -School Library Journal

"Aimed at a younger audience than the wildly popular Captain Underpants books, this series opener has all the classic Pilkey hallmarks..." -Booklist

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Incorporated (1 September 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 128 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0439376432
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0439376433
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 81.6 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.34 x 1.27 x 18.42 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 455 ratings

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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 Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, also a USA Today bestseller. 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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ricky and his mighty robot defend again....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2009
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Vivian L Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars All series of the book are great!!
Reviewed in Canada on 19 August 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series for boys!
Reviewed in Canada on 24 January 2020
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Erin Stroud
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids are crazy for Dav Pilkey- great series!
Reviewed in Canada on 20 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Reviewed in Canada on 17 October 2018
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