Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Zita the SpacegirlZita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Zita’s curiosity gets the better of her, her friend Joseph is the one to pay the price. The two children were investigating a crater when they found a strange device with a large red button. When Zia activates the device, a portal appears and Joseph is whisked away. Zita soon follows, but she can do nothing as Joseph is taken away by a tentacled alien. Trying to find her friend, Zita is rebuffed again and again, ending up in a shady, downtrodden part of the city. That’s where she meets Piper, whose music has a bit of magic. He also has a talent for the mechanical. He agrees to help fix the portal device so long as he gets to leave the planet when they go to rescue Joseph from the Scriptorians, who plan to sacrifice him.

Zita meets an interesting array of people, aliens and robots in this imaginative story where the small take on the big and menacing. Danger is all around with the menace of Scriptorians and their robots as well as from an asteroid en route to destroy the planet. Not everything that looks dangerous is a danger and not everything that looks safe means Zita no harm.

I love Zita’s adventuresome spirit and the lengths she goes to try and rescue her friend. As a flute player and a fantasy lover, I was pretty much sold at Piper’s first appearance. This graphic novel is one I will share with readers who still believe anything is possible.

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