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Zita the Spacegirl, Book One: Far from Home (Zita the Spacegirl #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  11,221 Ratings  ·  953 Reviews
Zita's life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before lon
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Turtleback Books
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Kristy My son is six and he loves it. He's read it over and over again.
Aaron Toponce No. You could check it out from a public library near your house, or borrow it from a friend if they have a copy.
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Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gave this to my little boy, and he really liked it.

I'm fond of it too, (or I wouldn't have passed it along). Nice, light tone. Not full of senseless violence. Good female character. Fun fantastic elements.

My boy is 6 and some change. He reads at a pretty high level, but he tore through this, so I'm guessing it would be good for any kid of average reading level who is 5-6.

Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I run a bookgroup for kids between the ages of 9-13. Like a number of American children in the 21st century, these kids have an overwhelming palate for good graphic novels. I can hand them Robot Dreams or Ghostopolis or Rapunzel's Revenge, it doesn't matter. Whatever the title, they devour these books in less than an hour and come hounding me for more. The market simply doesn't exist to satiate their perpetual GN hunger. In fact, far fewer really worthwhile comics for kids come out than you migh ...more
When it comes to originality, Zita is playing in the shallow end of the pool. Nearly every element, from basic premise (girl whisked to far away and strange land) to character (giant animal companion) has been seen somewhere else before. Even the art feels familiar, strongly reminiscent of Raina Telgemeier. This is not, in and of itself, a bad thing. There are far worse artists to call to mind, and far worse inspiration sources.

What makes this book so darn entertaining is the execution, which i
Zita was one of the doors that helped to open the current girl power middle grade comics written by dads for their daughters movement.
Maybe it's not a movement, but it's definitely a thing.
But before Target Practice, which I loved, and Princeless #1, which I did not, there was Zita.

Here's the thing about Zita: She's brash. She's also a bit bossy. She's good at making friends. She's a leader. And she's a troublemaker. There are consequences for this girl who prefers to shoot first and ask questi
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Zita accidentally-but-culpably sends her best friend to another planet, she girls up and rushes off to rescue him.

Super-cute! Almost too cute. And most of the elements aren't all that original. But somehow, still awesome!
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Zita and Joseph are playing in a field when they see a big crater and find a red button. Zita pushes the button, and she and Joseph are sucked into a portal that takes them to a galaxy far, far away. Joseph is kidnapped by a screed

The dangerous, agile, and enigmatic Screed have no existing home world and a very limited social hierarchy. Individual Screed tend to wander the universe working as bounty hunters and mercenaries.

Seldom seen without an environmental suit, very little is known about Sc
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap, I love this book. In the spirit of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Zita is transported to an extremely foreign world and embarks on an epic journey, picking up wildly diverse companions along the way. Backs are stabbed, redemption is gained, creepy encounters are triumphed over, and a tonne of wacky characters are met.

On first glance, I expected this to be a pretty vanilla and tame fluffy kids comic book, but there is darkness here. There's a particularly freaky scene which borrows much f
I would possibly rate this more highly had I not just read an absolutely amazing graphic novel which had a dual audience. While my six year old quite enjoyed this one, she is not reading books on her own yet, and this one was a bit of a challenge to read aloud. When reading graphic novels to an emerging reader I get her to explain what's happening in the pictures (because she is more than capable of reading those), but one thing I noticed about asking her to do that is that each picture/scene/ko ...more
Timothy Ward
Reviewed with pictures at Adventures in SciFi Publishing

Graphic Novels have found a way into my pile of books through their simplicity and ease on the eyes. Most people can relate to the young desire for books with pictures. Ben’s art for the Zita the Spacegirl books does a fantastic job of combining action, humor and worldbuilding. The story begins with Zita and a friend discovering a device in a crater that zaps them into another world far away. When they get there, Zita is separated from her
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of cute, with lots of action. Recommended to me by my child, who said, "You've GOT to read this!"
Seth T.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Zita the Spacegirl

Recently, it's come to my attention that maybe I'm not really a fan of science fiction. I may not even be a fan of adventure. I've found that the idea of a science fiction world isn't enough to spark my interest. A world populated by robots? A dystopian future of genetic manipulation? Star-spanning empires and the rebels that seek their liberation from those empires? I always have a sense of been there and done that. The ideas just don't excite me like they once may have—I presume that decades a
I bought this book and the second for my niece for her birthday. And then promptly begged to borrow them. A little over a month later she finally let me borrow the first one. It has been carried around and enjoyed and that makes me happy.

What makes me even happier is that it is a good story. Possibly a little cliche but for an 8 year old just starting her venture into reading it isn't cliche at all. Instead it is a simple story about adventure and friendship. The art is captivating and the crea
I'm on the Great Stone Face Committee in New Hampshire, and this book is on our current possible nominee list (shh, don't tell). We had a very heated argument as to how to judge the writing in a graphic novel, because it obviously has less text than a full length novel. I fully believe that graphic novels can tell just as powerful of a story as any other form of novel, and I tried to argue that with someone who clearly doesn't care for graphic novels, so it was basically like me talking to a ver ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
I'll admit that my first impression of Zita the Spacegirl was that it looked a little too young and cutesy for me. It arrived courtesy of a publicist who has recently provided me with some really amazing stories. I've come to learn that when she says something is good, I better read it. So I dove right in and found myself enjoying this a lot more than I expected.

The story follows a girl named Zita whose friend is abducted when she unknowingly opens a gateway into another world. Using a device fi
LPLD 5th booktalk science fiction
Let’s pretend something for a minute. I want to get you in the mindset of this book, really there.
You’re running through a field, being chased by your best friend. Suddenly, you come upon a giant hole. A crater. And there’s something smoking down in the center of it. It looks like a meteoroid but you’re not sure. And it looks like something’s poking out of it.
Your best friend suggests you guys go report what you’ve found to someone. You laugh, and ask WHO? You’
Zita accidentally sends her best friend off to some distant part of the universe, and of course she has to go rescue him. To my amusement, he is The Chosen One of a prophecy, and we get to watch as it plays out, coming true...sort of.

Adventure, cleverness, and an extensive cast of aliens who would appear at a Monsters Inc casting call.

Thank you to everyone who insisted I needed to read this. You were right. And I totally want to be Zita for Halloween. With a giant mouse.

Library copy
I love sharing books. Obviously. However, certain books create a blazing fire inside my mouth. Words bounce out at record speed. Some students wonder if they will witness spontaneous human combustion. Should they fetch the nurse? Eventually, they realize it is just Mr. Schu ranting about the next BEST BOOK. How does it affect circulation, you ask? The book will have a waiting list--guaranteed. Thank you, Ben Hatke, for getting me fired up about Zita the Spacegirl.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely anyone
Recommended to Michelle by: Meredith
Marvelous. Absolutely, completely brilliant. It's funny. It has wonderful illustrations. It's exciting, and *she* gets to be a hero instead of a victim. Best of all, she doesn't have to be perfect to be the hero.

Get this for your daughter, so she can have a hero to look to. Get this for your son, so he will see girls as equals. Get this for your family because it's fantastic and all of you will love it.
The Basics

Zita and Joseph see something fall from the sky and decide to investigate. It’s some sort of device, and when Zita activates it, it pulls Joseph into another world. She follows, but Joseph’s already been kidnapped by aliens. So now it’s Zita’s job to rescue him.

My Thoughts

Let’s get the good out of the way first, because there is plenty. The artwork is very cute, very well-done. The friends that Zita makes along the way are varied and interesting and adorable. The humor hits a lot of hi
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zita is young girl (I'd guess around 10) who gets whisked away to wild adventures in space where she survives with courage, daring, and a number of friends she makes along the way. In this, it reminds me strongly of Mark Crilley's Akiko , especially as they both are well-written adventures that kids will enjoy just as much as adults, but where Akiko tends to be quiet and thoughtful, Zita is headstrong and rambunctious ("Grabbing my notebook out of my hand isn't 'finder's keepers'").

A very good
Mary Catelli
A cheerful, youthful space opera in a graphic novel. Which opens with a G.K. Chesterton quote.

Zita has stolen her friend Joseph's notebook and is running away from him -- when they stumble on a meteor in a crater. Zita goes down and finds an alien artifact with a Big Red Button. When she pushes it -- over Joseph's cautions -- nothing happens. For a bit. Then a warp opens, and Joseph is hauled through by these tentacles. (Not octupus. Like very large black pipe cleaners.) Zita bolts. After a bit,
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish they would translate in Finnish these wonderful children's or middle grader's graphic novels from the excellent publisher First Second. Unfortunately the publishers seem to have forgotten the pre-teens and teenagers here in Finland.

And when that is said, Zita the spacegirl on ihastuttava avaruusseikkailu tytöille ja pojille. Zita löytää kaverinsa Josephin kanssa kummallisen kaukosäätimen, joka ei tunnu toimivan. Hetken päästä Joseph kuitenkin tempautuu jonnekin tuntemattomaan. Zita säikä
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing Little Robot, I felt the need to read everything from Ben Hatke, because when you find a goldmine, you don't let it go! Sadly, not like a goldmine, it's hard on my bank account. Anyway, it's a well used money, as Zita was very pleasant.

Zita series tells the adventures of a young girl launched without her consent in travelling through various worlds. After an accident, she finds herself on a strange planet where something horrible is near to happen. Wanting to help a friend, she m
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zita the spacegirl is an amazingly written book about a girl named Zita, Zita lives on planet earth but one day she gets sukked into a world with monsters everywhere. (nice ones and mean ones). She is faced with monsters, magicians and some new friends. Zita learns new things and has challenges and obstacles she needs to face, Zita needs to get home to earth. Will she find a way back home?
This book deserves a 4 out of 5 star rating for two reasons. One reason is that the book is very detailed, s
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-10 year olds who love comic books, science fiction, fantasy
Recommended to Brenda by: Goodreads First Reads Program
I won this book through the Goodreads First-Reads giveaway program. So, a big "Thank You" to Goodreads, the author and illustrator and the publisher for this book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this comic book from Ben Hatke. Zita is a spunky girl full of curiosity who stumbles onto a device that sends her friend Joseph off into space. Zita is determined to help Joseph and decides to follow him. One of the fun aspects of this book is the companions that Zita finds as she travels to rescue her fri ...more
Althea J.
Get this book for the kid in your life!!
(perhaps aged 7-10)

But truthfully, I'm in my late 30s and I found this book so heart-happyingly charming!! Book #1 drew me in with the charm of the characters and the loveliness of the art. The underlying structure of the story is very Wizard of Oz, girl on a mission in a strange land. But Hatke brings such innovation and humor.

An excellent space adventure for kids! Reminded me of di Terlizzi's Wondla books, but instead of having the creatures and robots described to us, we can look at Hatke's wonderful pictures, and so the story just zips along. Really creative and fun, perfect for kids who like adventure, science fiction, or even just want to try their hand at reading comics!
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun clever adventures for kids--but any age. Zita's friend gets sucked into a strange portal and she feels responsible--so she follows to save him. Along the way she make friends and saves more people and becomes a hero. It's the start of a great trilogy of books that are all out, and hopefully more on the way. Get it! Read it!

...and the sequels are all very fun as well!
Nicola Mansfield
Such fun! I absolutely loved Zita! What a fantastical, exciting world in which she finds herself. A quick read for me that had me turning the pages with complete joy from start to finish. I can't believe I waited this long to read the book. Kids will absolutely love this fun sci-fi romp and I can't wait to read her next adventure.
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