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Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (Ricky Ricotta Series #2)

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury - Dav Pilkey, Martin Ontiveros Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot is a little boy's action adventure fantasy distilled to near perfection. It has robots. It has outer space. It has bad guys. It has robotic smack-downs, and it has a little guy empowered enough to save the world and be seen as heroic in his mom and dad's eyes. And did I mention that it has robotic smack-downs? And sometimes it even has explosions!

My nephew and I like Ricky Ricotta, but there is a slightly discordant note in that these stories seem to be aimed at very young kids (boys in particular?), but the problems are solved through fighting. No little boy that I know of wants to have problems in a fantasy action story settled over hugs and flowers, but the rough bits stand out more because the story is aimed at a young group. Little boys might like the rough bits, but will their mothers? As an action/adventure loving aunt, though, I say robotic smack-downs and occasional explosions? That kind of storytelling is hard to pass up!