Now that summer is over and school is back in session, we’re back with another round of our famous (wildly so in some corners of Tuscany and Albania) Spotlight Series!
This time, we will focus on an awesome graphic novel called Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.
In Zita the Spacegirl, (J GN HAT) Zita and her friend Joseph are cast far away, across the galaxy, to another planet where a group of aliens called the Scriptorians are holding Joseph hostage. In order to get her friend back, and to have any hope of getting home, Zita will have to team up with some pretty unlikely friends, including a giant mouse who hates his name, a robot named Randy, and a wizard named Piper.
Together, they will face terrible enemies, including giant mechanized spiders, the Scriptorians, and another kind of alien called the Screed. Will Zita save Joseph and get them both home? Will they make it before a terrible asteroid destroys the planet? And what in the universe is Door Paste?
Find out in Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, recommended for ages 8 and up. There are also two sequels, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl and The Return of Zita the Spacegirl.
Make alien balloons! (Based on this craft: http://www.parents.com/fun/birthdays/themes/alien/?page=2#page=2 )
1 Pack of Party balloons, or balloons left over from a birthday party or other activity
Assorted construction paper
Step 1: Blow up some fun balloons in different colors; green looks especially cool.
Step 2: Use the safety scissors to cut fun shapes out of the construction paper, to look like alien eyes.
Step 3: Using the glue sticks, attach the alien eyes to the balloons. Let dry, and enjoy your cool/creepy aliens!
Snack: Make-Your-Own-Planets or Moons! (adapted from http://www.thingstoshareandremember.com/eat-the-moon-space-snack/)
You will need:
Rice Cakes (unsalted)
Instructions: Spread cream cheese on rice cakes and top with fruit to form continents or craters to your heart’s content! You could also use different kinds of fruit cut in fun shapes, or raisins for moon rocks.
Tune in next time when we will continue our series with another fun title. Happy Autumn, everyone!