Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

(Zita the Spacegirl #2)

This is a continuation of the wonderful “Zita the Spacegirl” series by Ben Hatke. For those who haven't read “Zita the Spacegirl” (and you should!), at the end of the story, Zita is stranded in space with her 'friend' (frenemy?) Piper after she saves the planet Scriptorium. In “Legends of Zita the Spacegirl”, she tries to avoid some of the unwanted attention brought on by her new 'superhero' fame, but in the process someone impersonates her and travels to go save another planet. The book is about her trying to get back to Piper and the gang, and also trying to save that other planet so she can get the reward, a time crystal, and find her way home.

Of course this book isn't as original as the first one, and does end on a cliffhanger, but it's still a fun, book for kids and adults alike.

I really like Ben Hatke's style. My daughter loves it too. His stories have humour in them, and great illustrations too. His story's are PG, and the aliens are whimsical but not too scary. I also appreciate that the hero is a strong, female. My daughter also loves his picture books, Julia's House for Lost Creatures and the hilarious, “Nobody Likes a Goblin”.

I actually selfishly wish that Hatke would write more picture books, because even though my daughter adores the graphic novels, she's only 6 and can't read them on her own. In the beginning I was buying Hatke's books for myself and reading them to my kids, but now that they've become superfans, I'm truly buying them for my kids. It's great to see my kids becoming passionate about reading.

Rating: ★★★★ Book #101 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge

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