Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Mutant Mosquitoes From Mercury
Story by Dav Pilkey; Art by Dan Santat
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014, Grades 3-5
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Mutant Mosquitoes From
Mercury is the story about a small mouse who has created a giant robot friend.
Mr. Mosquito is sick and tired of living on Mercury because of the hot days and
the cold nights. Mr. Mosquito creates giant, mutant mosquitoes that he wants to
use to take over Earth. As Mr. Mosquito attacks Earth with his mutant
mosquitoes, Ricky and his robot must fight to save the planet!
The authors's writing style is very student friendly. Also,
Pilkey is able to incorporate math content into his story when Ricky is taking
his math test. He builds up the background of the villain and gives him a
motive. There is no need to look deep into his writing because the writing
describes what is happening in the illustrations. The illustrations in this
book really drive the story.
The illustrations are the mainstay of this story. There are
large illustrations on each and every page of this story. They drive the story.
These pictures seem to be a crayon or colored pencil drawings. Due to that fact
that there are illustrations on every page of the book, I do not believe that
there is one illustration that is most effective in developing the story as a
I enjoyed the book Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The
Mutant Mosquitoes From Mercury. I am a fan of his as I grew up reading some of
his previous books like Captain Underpants. I would recommend this book to
anyone wanting to read a book for pure fun and enjoyment.
Review by Benjamin Swartz