Book Review: The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Posted May 29, 2014 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags: ,

I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben HatkeThe Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Published by Macmillan on 2014-05-13
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, fantasy, Middle-Grade
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers. Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy's greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

I don’t read a lot of graphic novels but after reading all of the Zita the Spacegirl books I’m really questioning why that is. These books are very good. We started out reading them by chance. I saw Zita the Spacegirl on the shelf at a bookstore and picked it up for my daughter. She’s five and has just started reading and loves comic books and Pokemon and superhero stories but we don’t have a lot of books like that that star female characters as the hero. So I’m always on the lookout for books for her. When I saw Zita, I couldn’t pass it up. I picked it up and hoped for the best.

The next thing I heard came from my husband. He reads stories with our daughter at bedtime while my son and I read Harry Potter. After starting Zita the Spacegirl he told me how awesome the book was. I was happy that both my husband and daughter found something they really enjoyed reading together. I picked up the second one when they were done with the first and they both continued to love the stories. I still didn’t read them because I honestly had very little interest in comic books. Then I was looking around NetGalley one day and saw the third Zita book up for review. I requested it, got it, and announced to my daughter that we could read the third one. She was super excited. I decided to read the first two before jumping into the third. And I’m so happy I did.

Just my like husband, daughter, and son before me, I feel in love with these books and Zita the Spacegirl. Zita is the hero of these books and she deserves to be. She is loyal to her friends, not afraid to do the right thing, smart, and brave. She works hard for what she wants and she doesn’t judge others before she knows them. She’s exactly the kind of hero I want my daughter looking up to and imitating.

Throughout the three books, Zita goes through quite a lot. I won’t want to give away anything that isn’t in any of the summaries. Zita’s adventures start when her best friend is transported to an alien planet and then kidnapped by a doomsday cult. Zita will stop at nothing to get her friend back and then get both of them back home. On her way, she befriends some aliens, robots, and humans along the way that want to help her and they go on an adventure that is both dangerous and exciting. Zita learns a lot on her journey to find her friend and some of the lessons are harder to learn than others. But they are all important.

I highly recommend all three of the Zita books. Everyone in our family loves them and that includes a five year old girl, an eight year old boy, my husband and me. These books are great for all ages because like a lot of animated movies these days, there is humor geared towards every age. But it’s in a book! Some jokes go right over the kids’ heads but they’re never inappropriate. Especially moments between Piper and Madrigal, my husband and I found hilarious and the kids laughed but they don’t have the history to really understand the background between the two characters and what those moments are really saying, but they still find them funny. Because they are. It’s truly amazing to find a book that all four of us can love and talk about together.

I hope that if you have a young daughter that loves books or comics or superheros or anything that you will consider picking up the Zita the Spacegirl books and reading them together. They are funny and emotional and show the importance of friendship and being true to yourself. Zita is a superhero that all girls should read about.


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