Thursday, November 19, 2015

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Zita the Spacegirl #1. First Second (Feb. 2011) Library
Zita's life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don't even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita's quest.


An adventure into the unknown begins with a chance encounter with an alien. Believing it's her fault that her friend Joseph is abducted, Zita, follows after him to a planet that's going to explode in a few days time. Zita is lost and alone just trying to look for her friend when she finds new and unexpected friends on her journey. Zita reinvents herself as Zita the Spacegirl with a cape and everything and goes on a rescue mission that will have her battling robots, aliens, and a grifty salesman to save her friend before it's too late.

Comics that are written for a younger audience are usually a hit or miss for me. I believe that all books should have some appeal to everyone, but sometimes that just doesn't happen. Lucky for me I found Zita the Spacegirl to be a wonderful little story about friendship, loyalty, and perseverance.

Zita's story centers around friendship. She is going on a rescue mission to save her friend. Then she meets so many friends along the way like Piper and Mouse. Piper can sway people by playing some music. He's been trying to get enough fuel to leave the doomed planet with Mouse. Mouse is, you guessed it, a giant mouse who follows along Zita on her quest. One is a robot that's loyal and gun happy. Strong-Strong is a sweet, mushy character who just wants to help. And finally, Randy the nervous robot who tags along reluctantly.

Zita's story was really sweet. Zita became the hero she needed to be. I really liked how Zita shows all kids that to be a hero you need to have courage and perseverance even if things look tough. Zita also showed how when you need help you can always count on your friends to have your back. I feel really lucky to have finally read Zita's story after wanting to for so long. It's going to be fun exploring her other adventures in the series.


What is one of your favorite friendship stories?

2 comments:

  1. I loved this book too. I'll let my daughter read it in a year or two, once she's old enough to understand it. Glad you liked it!
    Dena @ Batch of Books

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    1. I'm sure she'll love it and be able to really look up to Zita :D

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