Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl Series #1)

Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl Series #1)

by Ben Hatke

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596434462
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Zita the Spacegirl Series , #1
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 89,524
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: GN310L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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. Zita the Spacegirl is his first graphic novel.

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Zita the Spacegirl 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
AlwaysTime4ABook More than 1 year ago
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.
Karen_D on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zita the Space Girl is pure fun and I enjoyed every panel of this graphic novel! I have been reading through graphic novels lately because I can get through them quickly and with a Maymester that requires thirty-three books to get through they are my only hope of "fun" reading. Zita is a spirited girl that has to push buttons, even if they fall from the sky in a meteor rock. When she does pushes the button on the strange device that fell from the sky her best friend, Joseph, gets sucked into a vortex. Zita initially runs away but then resloves to find him and follows him into the strange world. This is where it gets fun! Zita runs into robots, a giant mouse, and a cult that thinks Joseph is the savior of their world. Tweens will enjoy this journey story and all the friends Zita makes along the way. The drawings are more cartoonish in appearance but I like my graphic novels that way. It is in color and the characters are quite expressive. Zita's resolve to find her friend is quite stunning and you rely on the panels to see how she goes from scared to determined without dialogue.I would agree with the description that it is Miyazaki-esque due to a strong heroine thrust into a fantasitical situation and must learn to deal with crazy events. However, Hatke makes his own world in such an SciFi that it does not seem as fantasy driven. I really like all the robots and strange aliens that Zita encounters along her travels in the foreign world. It actually reminded me more of Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi and would be a great go to collection for tweens who want more graphic novels like this one.This is a first book in a series and I hope Hatke draws the next book quickly!
jasonlf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is probably better than the average graphic novel for a twelve year old, was perfectly enjoyable for the short time it took to read, but not anything particularly special. About a girl who travels through space/dimensions to a world inhabited by monster-like aliens where she bands up with misfits to rescue her friend and return to her home on Earth... or at least try to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent.
SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
Why have I never heard of this series before?! Have I been hiding under a meteoroid? This was so much fun!!! When Zita and her friend Joseph find a hole in the earth that wasn’t there before, they have to check it out. There’s a meteoroid with something inside it. Something that has a red button. Of course Zita is going to press it! A portal appears and something grabs Joseph and pulls him through. After some mild freaking out Zita follows him through the portal into another world with a multitude of alien species. Or perhaps she’s the alien? Zita witnesses Joseph being kidnapped and is determined to find him and return them both to Earth. Along the way she meets new friends including One, Mouse, Strong-Strong and Randy. Together they journey against the clock to find and save Joseph, for there’s a countdown happening in this world. There’s only three days left before an asteroid will destroy it! This is one of those graphic novels that has few words but is big in story and scale. The illustrations of all of the new creatures Zita comes across are generally either cute, amusing or downright creepy. I love a ‘girl on an epic quest’ story and this one is action packed. I smiled throughout the story and can’t wait for the next instalment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I'm over the age recommendation for what I thought this would be, it was a very good book and I look forward to reading the next ones.
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Jezabelle202 More than 1 year ago
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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