Feb 02, 11
Read in February, 2011
Note: I won a review copy of this book in a Goodreads contest.
Charmingly drawn and illustrated, "Zita the Spacegirl" is great fun. A graphic novel suitable for young children, though older readers will certainly find much to enjoy, "Zita" is an action-packed adventure about a young girl transported to a far-away planet. Determined to find her way home and save her kidnapped friend, Zita gradually makes an assortment of endearing friends, including a human (or human-like) genius inventor, a giant mouse, an unsteady robot, and a weapon of mass destruction with a conscience.
Themes of friendship, self-sacrifice, and courage flow throughout the book. Hatke's drawings are very evocative, and his simple lines do an extraordinary job of conveying his characters' emotions. The ending makes it clear that sequels are possible, and I sincerely hope that "Zita" becomes a long-running series.