I’d never read Zita the Spacegirl before this week, but I’ve been hearing good things about it for a while. I was trying to familiarize myself with the books on our summer reading lists, and Zita was an easy choice for me! It’s a graphic novel, it’s a quick read, and it reminds me both of The Wizard of Oz and Kibuishi’s Amulet graphic novel series. Check out Ben Hatke’s website for more information about Zita the Spacegirl as well as his other books.
Joseph told her not to push the red button. The button was part of a device that they found inside a meteor which had fallen from outer space and landed in a field. Joseph told her not to push the red button, but Zita was feeling curious, and she didn’t think it would do any harm. So she pushed that red button, and after a moment a bright light suddenly appeared before them. But this wasn’t exactly a light — it was really more of a doorway. And through that doorway came something that Zita and Joseph had never seen before. They couldn’t even see the whole creature. All they could see were its long dark tentacles … just before those tentacles grabbed Joseph and pulled him through to the other side.
Joseph has been pulled into another world, a place filled with creatures more strange and astounding than he or Zita could ever have imagined. When Zita follows Joseph into that world, she will meet many of these creatures, and she’ll have to try to figure out which ones she can trust. She’ll have to figure out who’s good, who’s evil, and who’s somewhere in between. She’ll also have to figure out who can help her find and rescue Joseph, and who can help both of them get back home to planet Earth.