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Zita the Spacegirl [Library Binding]

Ben Hatke
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Feb 2011 Zita the Spacegirl (Book 1)
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.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Library Binding: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606216235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606216234
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,601,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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. This is his first graphic novel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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after a season of intense(ish) research to find a fun book with quality writing and a positive role model for girls (as in the opposite of bratz) to get as a present for a young girl, i chose this.
i read it first to make sure it was suitable and it's awesome. zita's great and she is the strong, positive female role model i was looking for. the story's light and entertaining enough to interest young folk and it's quality.
family stuff. strongly recommend if you want your kids to grow up with greater aspirations than to be a pop star and/or footballers wife...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun all-ages space opera yarn 14 Aug 2012
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Ben Hatke created Zita in the mid-noughties and posted a few short strips on-line, and IIRC there was also a short Zita story in an issue of Flight, but this is her first appearance in a full-length graphic novel.

When Zita's friend Joseph gets abducted through a space warp created by a device they found in a meteorite, Zita has no choice but to follow and try to save him. Finding herself in a world where aliens and robots of all shapes and sizes live side-by-side with humans, Zita must find a way to reach Joseph and rescue him before the planet they're on gets trashed by a giant asteroid.

It helps that most of the inhabitants speak English (either that or the device that created the warp gave her the ability to understand alien languages), so she quickly makes new friends and allies and sets off to find Joseph and free him from the aliens who've captured him.

Zita's first graphic novel is a breezy romp featuring some fun and engaging characters, and a lead character who's not afraid to kick some backside to get what she wants. I'd have no hesitation in recommending it to kids who like science fiction, but I'd suggest they don't let their parents borrow it or they might not get it back for hours.
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Brilliant!

I bought this for my young daughter (a couple of years before she'll be ready to read it - but I didn't want to wait and find it out of print). This book is funny, thrilling and at times moving. A wonderful homily to friendship, perseverance and bravery - with great characters brought to life with the deftest of light touches (minimal heavy-handed exposition throughout). The artwork is simply brilliant and anybody from 8 to 80 should find something in this very well thought-out and executed graphic novel.

One for fans of The Phoenix comic and the 'Amulet' series of graphic novels (although less wordy/aimed at a slightly younger audience than the latter perhaps).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read for a first graphic novel 14 July 2014
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First Graphic Novel bought for my little girl (age 6) and she loves it. Recommended by A Mighty Girl. Buy this for your kids!
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