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Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Graphic Novel/Science Fiction
Release Date: 2/1/2011
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About the Book: When Zita and her friend come across a meteor, the find a red button remote. Of course, curiousity gets the best of Zita and she pushes the button, sending her best friend to another planet. Zita soon follows and embarks on a journey in a strange new world to save her friend.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I read a review of Zita the Spacegirl on Betsy Bird's blog and knew I had to check it out. Zita is a great new addition to middle grade graphic novels and I can't wait to start booktalking it. Zita reminds me a bit of The Wizard of Oz, Gregor the Overlander, and Astro Boy all rolled into one and set in space. Zita's adventures are exciting and fun and she meets a great cast of unique characters along the way.
One thing I love about graphic novels is the way the artist can connect the reader to the characters and portray emotion in a powerful way. Ben Hatke excels in that and there were characters I grew to love in this short graphic novel. I hope there are more of Zita's adventures to come.
The artwork reminds me a bit of Kean Soo's Jellaby, one of my favorite middle grade graphic novels, and I'm always a sucker for full color when it comes to graphic novels! The artwork is colorful and detailed and packs a lot of emotion into the small frames. There's lots of adventure in Zita's stories, so if you have fans who like adventure and outerspace, be sure to hand this one over.
A great new middle graphic novel-add this to your reading list if you work with tweens!
Book Pairings: Jellaby by Kean Soo, Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi, Flight: Explorer edited by Kazu Kibuishi, Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from copy I checked out from my local library