I didn’t quite meet my goal of a review a week this summer. Ah well. However, there are a ton of good books coming out in the beginning of September, so I’m dubbing this week my “Week in Review,” and trying to get you a review a day Tuesday through Friday. So, off we go!
Here’s another great futuristic, science fiction, kid-pulled-out-of-this-world-and-thrown-into-another adventure, a la Amulet.
Ben Hatke‘s first book in this graphic novel series, Zita the Spacegirl, was really entertaining. Lots of humor, a clever story, and a healthy sense of adventure. The second book in the series, The Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, is just as funny, just as clever, and maybe even more adventurous. Just what we’re looking for in a second book!
I think it’s inevitable that Zita will be compared with Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet series. But I think there’s something that sets them apart. I think Zita is lighter, though darkness does creep in at the corners, sometimes. But Zita as a character is different, lighter, as well. She is a very kind girl, who sacrificed herself to save her friend. She finds herself a sudden celebrity, causing all sorts of problems, though all she wants is to get home. All of the friends she picks up along her journey are castoffs, rejects from a futuristic society. They haven’t known much kindness, but Zita accepts everyone for what and who they are, confident that no harm can come from being kind.
I like that.
As graphic novels become more and more popular, there will be many great ones, and a few duds. Zita definitely fits into the “great ones” category. It seems set up for a long run. I’m looking forward to Book 3!
You can find Book 1 on the graphic novels shelf in Room 3.
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
By Ben Hatke
Genre: Science fiction, adventure
On shelves September 4, 2012.