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The Return of Zita the Spacegirl

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Final Zita graphic novel with more peril, great role model.

Book Ben Hatke Adventure 2014
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Good series for kids, or anyone really.

This was my favorite book in the trilogy, but all three were very good. Zita is an unusual girl character, who is very innocent and pure hearted--yet still imperfect. The intended audience may be children, but these books are thought provoking and well written. Beautiful messages of sacrifice and friendship and interesting themes that relate to real life.

Is It Any Good?

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Both girls and boys will delight in this surreal story. The Return of Zita the Spacegirl introduces more fantastical creatures, including Raggy (a pile of animate rags) and Femer (a skeleton), and brings back readers' favorites to enliven the complex, weird, and wonderful world of Zita's space adventures. This final book in the Zita trilogy focuses primarily on a conflict between Zita and Joseph, which feels a little more sad than her previous conflicts, where the enemy was more clear-cut. But the story highlights the incredible empathy Zita possesses, as well as the loyalty she builds through her commitment to helping others.

The ending seems to tease of more adventures, which might be a little difficult to explain to kids hoping for a fourth book. Alas, kids will need to continue Zita's adventures in their imaginations, or use author and illustrator Ben Hatke's sketches of early Zita stories in the back of the book as inspiration to create their own comic adventures.

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