Zita the Spacegirl

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
When Zita and her friend Joseph find a mysterious gadget lying inside a meteor crater, Zita unwittingly uses the gadget to open a space gate to a world many light years away—only to see a bunch of alien tentacles reach through the gate and kidnap Joseph! Now, Zita must follow her friend through the gate and rescue him from an alien wonderland populated by smooth-talking inventors, pompous war robots, super-strong golems, and a giant mouse. Which of these strange folk are allies and which are enemies? Zita better find out quickly—because a giant asteroid is on a collision course with this alien world, and will obliterate everything in less than three days! The first full-length graphic novel by writer/artist Ben Hatke, Zita the Space Girl is a fun-filled science fantasy adventure in the spirit of bizarre fairy tales like Jim Henson's Labyrinth (indeed, many of Zita's robot and animal friends could easily pass for Muppets). Hatke's whimsical drawings of slime monsters, mechanical insects, and giant chickens are a main draw, while the story should please fans of Grimm fairy tales and the original Star Wars trilogy. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—While exploring a meteoroid crater, young explorers Zita and Joseph discover an unusual device featuring a conspicuous red button. Zita's curiosity compels her to press it, only to discover that it summons an alien creature that instantly abducts Joseph. The fearless heroine follows him to a planet inhabited by Scriptorians, who intend to use him as a ritual sacrifice to prevent the destruction of their planet. In her quest to save her friend, Zita assembles a cadre of unusual cohorts: a giant mouse that she rides; an oversize bloblike creature named Strong Strong; a Heavily Armored Mobile Battle Orb known as One; and Robot Randy. Together they head off to the Scriptorians' castle to rescue Joseph. Along the way, she meets Piper, a fellow earthling traveling through space who becomes an important player in the story. Aptly named, he is part Pied Piper and part inventor but always a smooth talker who alternately assists and sabotages the mission. In order to save her friend, Zita must ultimately risk her own chance to return to Earth. With echoes of The Wizard of Oz, this charming, well-told story has a timeless "read to me" quality that makes it perfect for one-on-one sharing. Adults will enjoy the subtle humor and inside jokes, and children will love intrepid Zita and her adventures. The art is simply delightful: a realistic heroine surrounded by a world of bizarre creatures. Fans of the Flight anthologies (Villard) will cheer for the return of Zita.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
From the Publisher
For no reason at all, a little red button crashes to earth while Zita and her pal Joseph are out cavorting around. Of course, no one could resist pushing a mystery button, which pops open an interdimensional portal that whisks Joseph away. Zita follows and lands on a delightfully bizarre alien planet, where she sees Joseph being captured by a tentacled, scuba-headed creature. She makes some allies, takes off after him, and zany mishaps and dashing adventures ensue. Any story in which one can escape prison with a tube of “doorpaste” (just like toothpaste, except that it makes magic doors appear when smeared on a wall) obviously puts more stock in wowing imaginations than satisfying logic, and it needs solid cartooning chops to back it up. Fortunately, Hatke’s got them, and he doles out an increasingly loony and charming array of aliens, robots, and unclassifiable blobs and hairy things for Zita (herself a cross between Ramona Quimby and a Matt Phelan waif) to encounter. It’s fun, plenty funny, and more than a little random. Kids will love it. — Booklist

 

A headstrong young girl makes a hasty decision and finds herself in a galaxy far, far away in this graphic-novel shining star. Confident Zita finds a strange device in a meteor crater while playing with her more timorous best friend, Joseph. Impetuously, she accidentally activates the device, and before they can say “lift off,” the duo ends up on an ill-fated planet, with Joseph about to be sacrificed by an alien doomsday cult and Zita determined to save him. Hatke’s skill shines: His characters are richly imagined and portrayed, from the loyal, bumbling Strong-Strong (resembling a cross between a golem and an Uglydoll) to the menacing Screeds, an arachnid-like mechanized device that serves an evil purpose. The giant speechless Mouse, who communicates via ticker tape, is especially ingenious. Hatke takes a page from epic adventures like Jeff Smith’s Bone and Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet and throws in a dash of intergalactic zest for a winning combination, sure to captivate young graphic-novel aficionados. Be prepared to blast off; this debut is truly out of this world. — Kirkus, Starred Review

 

While exploring a meteoroid crater, young explorers Zita and Joseph discover an unusual device featuring a conspicuous red button. Zita’s curiosity compels her to press it, only to discover that it summons an alien creature that instantly abducts Joseph. The fearless heroine follows him to a planet inhabited by Scriptorians, who intend to use him as a ritual sacrifice to prevent the destruction of their planet. In her quest to save her friend, Zita assembles a cadre of unusual cohorts: a giant mouse that she rides; an oversize bloblike creature named Strong Strong; a Heavily Armored Mobile Battle Orb known as One; and Robot Randy. Together they head off to the Scriptorians’ castle to rescue Joseph. Along the way, she meets Piper, a fellow earthling traveling through space who becomes an important player in the story. Aptly named, he is part Pied Piper and part inventor but always a smooth talker who alternately assists and sabotages the mission. In order to save her friend, Zita must ultimately risk her own chance to return to Earth. With echoes of The Wizard of Oz, this charming, well-told story has a timeless “read to me” quality that makes it perfect for one-on-one sharing. Adults will enjoy the subtle humor and inside jokes, and children will love intrepid Zita and her adventures. The art is simply delightful: a realistic heroine surrounded by a world of bizarre creatures. Fans of the Flight anthologies (Villard) will cheer for the return of Zita.  — School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews
A headstrong young girl makes a hasty decision and finds herself in a galaxy far, far away in this graphic-novel shining star. Confident Zita finds a strange device in a meteor crater while playing with her more timorous best friend, Joseph. Impetuously, she accidentally activates the device, and before they can say "lift off," the duo ends up on an ill-fated planet, with Joseph about to be sacrificed by an alien doomsday cult and Zita determined to save him. Hatke's skill shines: His characters are richly imagined and portrayed, from the loyal, bumbling Strong-Strong (resembling a cross between a golem and an Uglydoll) to the menacing Screeds, an arachnid-like mechanized device that serves an evil purpose. The giant speechless Mouse, who communicates via ticker tape, is especially ingenious. Hatke takes a page from epic adventures like Jeff Smith's Bone and Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet and throws in a dash of intergalactic zest for a winning combination, sure to captivate young graphic-novel aficionados. Be prepared to blast off; this debut is truly out of this world. (Graphic science fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596434462
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 84,316
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: GN310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Hatke has published comic stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and a boisterous pack of daughters. This is his first graphic novel.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Gave this to my 8 year old daughter for Christmas and am very ex

    Gave this to my 8 year old daughter for Christmas and am very excited about finding this book (series). The book was much longer than I expected and I was very impressed with the whole thing. My daughter wasn't too sure at first as this was her first introduction to a graphic novel but she jumped right in and loves it. I love that this is a girl oriented book that is NOT about princesses, horses, vampires, talking on cell-phones, crushes or makeup! I will definitely be looking into the second book.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Her name reminds me of ziti. Anyway this is one of my favorite g

    Her name reminds me of ziti. Anyway this is one of my favorite graphic novels like ever, and i can not wait to read the next one.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    A MUST READ!

    This book is a joy of a ride--with a spunky character you totally root for (and who has depths to her that so many characters in this genre don't have, unfortunately), a gang of pals with each one unique and funny and intriguing (a giant mouse with a mysterious past, for example)... The art is brilliantly colorful, with terrific world-building and new details you find even on, say, the third read. This is a comic for both boys and girls--and adults, too. No wonder it's gotten such good reviews in the press/blogs/Goodreads, etc. I can't wait for the sequel.

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