The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

return of zita the spacegirl

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl
Ben Hatke
4 Stars

In this third adventure of Zita the Spacegirl Zita is a captured prisoner who is sentenced to hard labor for the rest of her life. Of course there is hope. There is a skeleton and a pile of rags and some other creatures who have an interest in helping Zita escape. Only, she gets caught again. And now the Dungeon Lord wants to conquer Zita’s home planet, Earth. Zita must do everything she can to once again escape and save the worlds…again.

Such fun! Zita is just as spunky as ever. And I really enjoyed how those from her past (aka the other two books) all come back together to work together to save the day in one more great adventure. The illustrations are as colorful and interesting as ever. Zita has many expressions and her determination is evident on each page. The variety of panel sizes also helps showcase the intensity and the pacing of the story. The book has humor, adventure, betrayal, and loads of crazy space creatures. I’m sure all those kids who have loved the last two Zita books will be thrilled with this adventures. (Although they might continually wish for more…)

Book Discussion Questions:
Zita doesn’t like being told who she could or could not save. Why do you think that is so? Who would you have saved if you could?
So many friends try to save Zita. Why do you think they all want to save her?
Often Zita has to trust those that she hasn’t known for all that long. How does she know who to trust and who not to trust?
Is it more important to save one or to save the many? Why?
If you had a choice to live in the spaceworld or live on Earth which would you choose? Why?

First Second, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62672-058-9
FORMAT: Graphic Novel
AGES: Elementary School, Middle School

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