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Zita the Spacegirl

(Zita the Spacegirl #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  16,448 ratings  ·  1,306 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 int
Paperback, 186 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by First Second
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Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.

Zita wins you over. She and a friend end up in another dimension and separated. Zita makes friends on this new world and she has to save the day.

I think the artwork is cute and colorful. The characters are interesting and mostly non-human. The story is sci-fy and fast paced. Zita is a fun new character and I will be reading more in the series. I see there are only 3 as of 2018. The creativity and imagination in this one is great. I am a Zita fan. First Second came through again. They are a great
Schizanthus Nerd
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reread 18 May 2018

Here we are almost 4 months after I first adored this graphic novel and I still haven’t read Legends of Zita the Spacegirl. What’s wrong with me?! (Please don’t answer that!) The bright side is that I decided to reread this one so I remembered where I left Zita and her friends.

I had so much fun during my reread. I appreciated and paid more attention to the details this time around, including the wonderful expressions on Zita’s face throughout the story. I loved her wide eyed O
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

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!
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
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Zita the Spacegirl is a middle-grade science fiction graphic novel series following Zita, a little girl who is accidentally sucked through a portal to another world and must rescue her friend before she can go home. She teams up with a mysterious inventor and a large, sentient mouse, as well as a few robots and aliens along the way.

That was one of the cutest things I have ever read in my life. The artwork is gorgeous, the storyline is fun and quick-paced, and the side characters are an absol
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Zita and a friend find a strange object in a meteor crater, and her friend is dragged through a portal; feeling guilty, Zita reopens the portal and jumps through, finding herself in a strange new world, where she is the oddity. Zita is a loyal and courageous friend, rescuing the downtrodden and assembling friends to help her launch an assault on the castle where her friend is being held, supposedly wielding the power to divert an asteroid strike on her new world. Along with Piper and her friends ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This comic was totally amazing.
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
Timothy Ward
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk around the whole world till we come back to the same place.

This story follows Zita who after finding a device accidentally transports her friend Joseph to another world. What is a girl to do? She follows him of course. She is the saving type after all and Joseph is her friend. I loved Zita from page one. I know all of you will too!

You know who else is going to love her? My third graders!! I finally have t
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, sci-fi
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
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Kind of cute, with lots of action. Recommended to me by my child, who said, "You've GOT to read this!" ...more
Seth T.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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’
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
Skye Kilaen
My son spotted this book at the library when he was three or just four, and we were NOT allowed to come home without it. Just based on the cover, he had to have it. And once we read it with him, we knew he'd been right. This is one of the most wonderful girl superhero books of all times, and Zita doesn't even have any superpowers! What she does have, though, is determination, and a knack for making friends, even when stranded on a strange alien planet that's about to be destroyed by a comet, and ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Kaethe Douglas
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
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Zoe's Human
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: absolutely anyone
Recommended to Zoe's Human by: Meredith
Shelves: lt
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.
Marie the Librarian
This is a very good comic for kids who like fantasy and adventure. So many cute creatures and Zita is a very good heroine!
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is delightful. I will definitely be picking up the other books in the series.
Cori Reed
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked 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
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 goo
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Ben Hatke is an author and illustrator of graphic novels and picture books. Most notably he is the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel series.

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