July 11, 2012

Review: Zita the Space Girl

Zita the Spacegirl, written and illustrated by Ben Hatke

I'm writing this review for two reasons. One is my new found love for graphic novels. For so long graphic novels were for young adults and above.  It's very refreshing to find them appropriate for elementary aged children. Secondly, I have a review copy of the second book and feel that I need to read this one first. So here we go!

This graphic novel tells the story of Zita, a girl who discovers a meteoroid with her friend Joseph. Inside they find a small box with a big red button on it. Would YOU push the button? Of course you would! Joseph disappears into a portal, and Zita is left to decide whether to follow him or not. Bravely she does and finds herself on an alien world full of, well, aliens. Zita sets off on a quest to rescue Joseph, meeting strange creatures and robots along the way. She makes friends of many of them and finds that she has only a very short amount of time before an asteroid will destroy the planet she's on.

The characters are well developed and distinct and the images are very colorful and full of soft lines. This was a great read that left me wanting more. Fortunately, I won't be dissatisfied because the next book is already done!

This review is based on a library copy.

Until next time, bon voyage and happy reading! 

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