Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Mutant Mosquitoes From Mercury by Dav Pilkey
Published by Scholastic Australia
With the same wit, action and adventure, the creators of 'Captain Underpants' and 'Side Kicks' have produced a whole series of 'Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot' - this one including the ominous 'mutant mosquitoes from Mercury'.
It's like Transformers meets Mad Max. A bit of robot action. A bit of science fiction. Some comic strip thrill. And even a special interactive flip-o-rama to create a movie-like experience.
In eleven short chapters, Ricky Ricotta mouse and his mighty robot friend battle it out with the evil mastermind, Mr. Mosquito, who plans to take over the Earth as living on Mercury just doesn't suit him anymore. Out of his own fingernails Mr. Mosquito grows giant mutant mosquitoes, and they invade Ricky's town. Ricky and his loyal robot quickly call to action, but not before he completes his maths test. With some quick thinking and bravery, soon come plenty of KER-POWS (add your own sound effects here), and justice finally prevails. Mr. Mosquito is sent to where he belongs.
The pages are sturdy paper quality and the illustrations are phenomenally energetic, bright and bold. The book is highly engaging, particularly for boys between 7 and 10. The language is easy to read, nicely suiting the simple, straightforward storyline.
'Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Mutant Mosquitoes From Mercury' has an underlying message of friendship and courage, but is ultimately for junior readers looking for a fun, action story with a touch of fierce.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Dav Pilkey
Illustrator: Dan Santat
Title: Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Mutant Mosquitoes From Mercury
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: September 2014