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My son adores all Pilkey's other creations so we bought him this in the hope it might entertain for a while. Well, it did. Just for about 1/2 an hour until he finished it and wrinkled his nose. "It was OK" he said, "prefer Captain Underpants though". If you're on the ropes and only Pilkey will do then this might keep the wolf from the door for 30 mins but that's about it. Refer to Pilkey's other (solo) works first and treat this as a last resort.
3.0 out of 5 starsNIce Artwork, but too much violence for this age group
Reviewed in the United States on 15 October 2014
I can't really recommend this book, as it does not deal with the subject matter, children being bullied at school in a constructive manner. It implies the solution is to intimidate bullies right back and make them be the ones feeling threatened. The amount of violence in the story is in my opinion too much for the active imaginations of the age group targeted by this book,
The artwork was bright and colorful, however you would almost need 3 hands to execute the "flip-o-rama" fight scenes near the end of the book, as the book is a fairly small, thin paperback, and it takes two hands just to hold the pages to flip back and forth to "animate" the art, and truthfully, the effect is not worth the effort.
Reviewed in the United States on 19 September 2014
The initial book in Ricky Ricotta's Might Robot introduces how Ricky and his Robot meet. It's a pretty good origin story and is aimed for kids.
The story is set in a city inhabited by mice. Ricky is in school and has some typical problems like bullies bothering him and the like.
Enter Doctor Stinky, an evil scientist who makes a robot to wreck the city. This event intersects with Ricky's life and changes things.
I wish Doctor Stinky was a little less of a cardboard bad guy and had some depth. Sure, it's a story for kids, but still no reason to have bad guys who are evil for evil's sake.
Despite that, the story is a fun read and entertaining.
The book features "Flip-o-rama" which is where you flap a page back and forth to 'animate' an image. It only really works on one of the pages (the robot clapping) while the rest don't make much sense and end up looking more like two frames repeating normally wouldn't be looped. It causes a break in the action as well, disrupting the pacing in what should be an action packed scene. Perhaps pull pages of just the action shot would have been better.
The art of the book is quite good. The robot is big and emanates power and strength and contrasts the tiny Ricky. Several of the scenes are dramatic and cinematic.
I'm not sure what lessons are to be learned from the book aside from that having a giant friendly robot has several advantages. A fun story is still a fun story, however.
Ricky Ricotta's Might Robot is a fair start to a series and with several books in the series available if readers are fans of the first book, there are many more to get. Our kids seemed to like it and pay attention when it was read.
Reviewed in the United States on 24 September 2014
My kids, and my 3 year old especially, really loved this book. The illustrations are excellent and they found it fast paced and engaging.
I was a little bit pickier. I didn't find the story line to be terribly unique (it's similar to Iron Giant), I didn't think the "flip-o-rama" worked very well (neither did my kids), and I didn't love the dialogue (e.g. the parents thanking their 5 year old for saving the town).
I think it's worth having around to entice early readers to read, but it's not a great read aloud from a parent's perspective.