There is nothing quite like finding yourself on a Viewmaster slide reel to let you know your fame has preceded you.

“This little squip saved a planet?”

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Zita is astonished and none too excited with her new hero status, but in trying to evade her adoring fans, she inadvertently becomes a wanted criminal, and a wild chase across the galaxy ensues.

Why is this on our bookshelf?

Zita is an awesome new superhero, whether she wants to be or not.

Follow her crossing the galaxy, making friends and outwitting robotic security details, and menacing alien lifeforms. Despite being  still just a ‘regular girl’ inside she is plucky enough to jump in and get things done, stopping at nothing to save her friends or a whole planet from destruction.

Make sure your kids pick up this graphic novel, or if you have no kids, enjoy the whimsical story yourself.

Rating (5 stars)

Hatke is a fantastic artist and story teller. While this graphic novel is for kids, the artwork is fully done, rich, expressive and highly imaginative. No cartoon scribbles here.

This sequel is even better than the original, Zita the Spacegirl. The story is consistent while taking surprising and exciting turns. The cast of characters becomes wider and richer. The alien life may possibly be a little to silly for some, but Hatke’s characters are meant to be tongue in cheek and whimsical (Watch out for evil planet devouring Star Hearts!)

Many of Zita’s friends from the first book are faithful companions, and she is not about to abandon them. Zita is a real Spacegirl now, and although she still longs for a way home, she is a full-fledged, and yes, heroic space adventurer.