Zita is a hero. If you’ve got an elementary schooler who likes graphic books — and let’s face, it, what elementary student doesn’t? — you MUST introduce him or her to Zita The Space Girl (First Second).
A lot of good stories center on theme of redemption. Author and artist Ben Hatke includes so many layers of redemption here you almost feel absolved of your own poor choices after you’re done reading it. I don’t mean to imply the story is pedantic or preachy — on the contrary, the narrative is super fast, delightfully suspenseful, and full of imaginative characters.
Check out this spread. Zita wakes up and sees this colorful, frightening world.