Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Naughty Nightcrawlers From Neptune (Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot #8)

Series: Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

by Dav Pilkey, Illustrated By Dan Santat

Scholastic Inc.
February 2016

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Library of Congress: 2014027756

Lexile measure: 640L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M

Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot are in for a sticky, slimy surprise!

Ricky and his Mighty Robot have built the coolest fort Squeakyville has ever seen, and they can't wait for the fun to begin! But then Cousin Lucy arrives with her pets and plans to turn it into a princess castle -- what a party pooper!

Things completely fall apart when Nimrod Nightcrawler, a wicked worm from the planet Neptune, digs a tunnel under Ricky's fort, trapping the Mighty Robot. Now it's up to Ricky and Lucy to put a stop to this nightmare -- and save their friend!
Dav Pilkey

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books -- the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to illustrate and write. He won a national competition in 1986 and the prize was the publication of his first book, World War Won. He made many other books before being awarded the 1998 California Young Reader Medal for Dog Breath, which was published in 1994, and in 1997 he won the Caldecott Honor for The Paperboy. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, published in 2002, was the first complete graphic novel spin-off from the Captain Underpants series and appeared at #6 on the USA Today bestseller list for all books, both adult and children's, and was also a New York Times bestseller. It was followed by The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future and Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, both USA Today bestsellers. The unconventional style of these graphic novels is intended to encourage uninhibited creativity in kids. His stories are semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, tolerance, and the triumph of the good-hearted. Dav loves to kayak in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.
Dan Santat

Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Visit his website at


  • Praise for the Ricky Ricotta series:

    "This reboot... offer[s] a new generation of readers a fun introduction to chapter books... Newly independent readers and Pilkey fans alike will not be disappointed by the humorous ride." -- School Library Journal

    "Aimed at a younger audience than the wildly popular Captain Underpants books, this series... has all the classic Pilkey hallmarks: comic book panels, superhero action, and flip-o-rama." -- Booklist



Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot sat on the front steps of their house. They were bored.

"We are going shopping," said Ricky''s mother. "I don''t want you boys making a mess while we are gone!"

"A mess?" said Ricky. "When have we ever made a mess?"

"Every time you jump in a mud puddle, you make a big mess," said Ricky''s mother.

"Oh, yeah," said Ricky.

"And every time you climb a tree, you make a big mess!" said Ricky''s mother.

"Oh, yeah," said Ricky.

"And every time you chew bubble gum, you make a big mess!" said Ricky''s mother.

"Oh, yeah," said Ricky.

"I know," said Ricky''s father. "Why don''t you boys build a fort?"

"A fort?" said Ricky.

"Yes," said Ricky''s father. "You can use tree branches or cardboard boxes or even old pieces of metal and wood to make a fort!"

"That sounds like fun," said Ricky.

"Great!" said Ricky''s father. "Just remember, you must clean up after yourselves when you are done playing."

"We will," said Ricky.

"Good-bye," said Ricky''s mother. "And remember: NO MESSES!"'