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Literature: Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot
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Ricky Ricotta is the fictional hero of a series of adventure novels for children written by Dav Pilkey (best known for his Captain Underpants books), and illustrated by U.S. artist Martin Ontiveros.

In each book, Ricky Ricotta, a mouse, with the help of his mighty robot, saves the world from an evil villain. Also, the books each have a villain from a different planet in order from closest-to-sun to farthest-from-sun excluding Earth as the villain of the first book is from Earth. The reader could see the villains being jailed in each series and later notice the familiar villains from previous books. So far, the villains being jailed are Dr. Stinky McNasty, Mr. Mosquito, Victor von Vulture, Major Monkey, General Jackrabbit, Sergeant Stinkbug, and Uncle Unicorn.

The books are especially appealing to young children because each contains a "Flip-O-Rama" section. In these sections, the reader can "animate the action" by quickly flipping between sets of pages. The result is a simple stop-motion cartoon. The sections are usually devoted to fight scenes between Ricky's Robot and villains.

Books include:
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (2000)
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (2000)
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus (2001)
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha Monkeys from Mars (2002)
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter (2002)
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (2003)
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus (2005)
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Astro-Activity Book o' Fun (2006)
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Naughty Night Crawlers from Neptune (2014)
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Un-Pleasant Penguins from Pluto (2015)

The first three books were originally published as Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot. Dav Pilkey stopped using the word Giant in the year 2002 after many young fans pointed out that the Robot really isn't a giant. He's just 12 times taller than a mouse, so he's really only about two-and-a-half feet tall. Many young readers suggested the adjective "Mighty" instead, so after careful consideration, Pilkey changed the title on all the books.

Description copied and pasted from The Other Wiki.

It has been announced in October 2013 that the series is finally resuming with a new artist, Promoted Fanboy Dan Santat. To that end, the first seven books will be relaunched with Martin Ontiveros' illustrations replaced with Santat's.

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alternative title(s): Ricky Ricotta; Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot; Ricky Ricottas Giant Robot; Ricky Ricotta
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