Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs.The Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto (Ricky Ricotta #9)

Series: Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

by Dav Pilkey, Illustrated By Dan Santat

Scholastic Inc.
June 2016

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Lexile measure: 550L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M

Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot face off against a flock of flightless foes!

Ricky and his Mighty Robot have made a mess. They've been mean to Cousin Lucy, and now they must make it up to her. But their surprise present for Lucy turns into a trap when President Penguin from Pluto plots to take over Earth.

President Penguin is peeved because Pluto is no longer considered a real planet. Now he plans to make things very unpleasant for anyone who stands in his way. Can Ricky, Lucy, and their friends defeat this tiny terror and keep Squeakyville safe?
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


--- - Ricky and his Mighty Robot couldn't take it anymore. They got out of the pond and sat on the front steps, sulking.

"Hey, Ricky," cried Lucy. "Aren't ya coming back in the pond? I poured in a bunch of pink bubble bath! Now it's glamorous!"

When Ricky and his Mighty Robot saw the pond, they were very upset.

"NOOOO!" cried Ricky. "You RUINED it!"

Ricky marched into the backyard where the adults were playing cards.

"MOMMMM!" cried Ricky. "Lucy made our pond all pink and bubbly!"

"Why, that sounds like fun," said Ricky's mom.

"It's NOT fun! It's STUPID!" Ricky shouted. "Every time we start to have fun around here, Lucy has to come along and RUIN it!"

"RICKY RICOTTA," exclaimed Ricky's father. "You have a BAD attitude. You need to apologize RIGHT NOW!"

But before Ricky could get the chance, Lucy started to cry.

"I'm sorry, Ricky," Lucy sobbed. "I just wanted to play with you! I didn't mean to ruin everything."

"I think we'd better go now," said Lucy's mother, Auntie Ethel. Ricky's aunt and uncle helped everybody get into the truck, and soon they were all on their way back home.

Ricky felt terrible.

Ricky's Mighty Robot felt terrible, too.