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Laika: Astronaut Dog [Hardcover]

Owen Davey
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Book Description

8 Oct 2013
Discover the amazing adventure of the first astronaut dog!

Laika is a stray dog living on the streets of Moscow when she is chosen to be the first ever animal launched into orbit. But her rocket disappears, and everyone thinks Laika is lost forever. In Owen Davey’s imaginative take on a true story, Laika is rescued by new owners and finds the perfect home on a planet far, far away.


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Books (8 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763668222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763668228
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 23.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great true story 16 Mar 2014
By P. Bradshaw VINE VOICE
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Lovely picture book telling the story of the first astronaut - a dog, named Laika. The book is illustrated in classic pseudo-Soviet style. Very moving particularly the re-imagined ending. I am a space nut and really enjoyed this as an adult and in also sharing it with children in infant schools (R and KS1 classes).
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5.0 out of 5 stars We loved it 18 Jun 2014
By Jujuberry37 - Published on Amazon.com
Laika was a stray dog wandering the streets of Moscow
She was lonely and she wished for a family to love her.
Someone took her in, but not for the purpose Laika wished for.
Some Astronauts had a very special job for her.
Laika trained hard until it was time for her mission.

She blasted off into space with the world watching.
She zoomed around the Earth, until something went wrong.
The world thought Laika was lost.

She was one brave dog, that paved the way for space travel.
As no one knows what happened to the little dog in the space ship, the author has chosen his own adventurous and happy ending, he he, but I am not going to tell you what it is. You will have to read it.

The first thing you notice about this book is the fantastic and unique illustrations. Mostly done in shades of gold, greens and red, which gives it a distinct and eye pleasing journey back to that era. We have read another one of Own Davey's books, and we very much enjoyed the tale, as well as the delightful illustrations. I think we are fast becoming fans.

You can't help but fall in love with little Laika. We spied this one in the library, and as I am naturally drawn to all things space, and so is my little G, we agree that we must have this one in our home collection.

The end pages have a note about the origin of the story.
On November 3 1957 we learn that Laika was the first animal to orbit the Earth in the Sputnik 2.

Just a few hours later all communication was lost. I did not realise that it was actually really a non fiction story, with a fictional ending until I read the authors notes, but I was not disappointed. I choose to believe that Laika is forever the adventurer that Owen Davey paints.
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Ending 9 May 2014
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
The visuals in this book are outstanding. I am blown away by these illustrations and the graphic format of this book.

Of course, 1950's Laika has a tragic ending. But in this book, Laika has a fun and happy rescued-by-space-aliens ending. That's ok.

Don't let the non-historical ending cause you to pass by this book -- it is a triumph of illustration.

For people who prefer grim realism for an older audience, here's a graphic novel recommendation: "Laika" by Nick Abadzis. Laika Grim.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book about LAIKA the doomed space dog 18 Jan 2014
By A Book Is A Wonderous Thing - Published on Amazon.com
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Luv the art style, and it's a simple tale with a happy "Laika lives" ending that kids will luv. Of course, the real truth is far sadder ... but this is a sweet story and lovely to the eye and heart.

Buy the book, give a donation to a charity to help all the real life doggies like poor Laika really out there needing our care and help.
4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive but inaccurate 26 Oct 2013
By Neurasthenic - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fictionalized child's version of the story of Laika, the dog who was the first animal shot into space. It is sweet but the story deviates sharply from reality in the end, which may bother you or not. The headline text and cover use a faux-Cyrillic text, which feels like a Reagan-era fast food commercial. And the art lies somewhere between socialist realism and fake woodcut. It's an odd combination that doesn't always work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique illustrations, gentle handling of a sad story 25 Oct 2013
By Valvool - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this to my eight-year-old boy and nine-year-old girl as part of a study of space history we are doing at home. It is written so as to be appropriate for children as young as three or four. Because of the compelling topic, however, my children were rapt with the story and did not complain that the book was better suited for a younger audience as they might have. Unfortunately there is a shortage of books about the subject of Laika for this age group--the books available are either in a comic book format or written for older children.

This book tells the story of Laika with simple, short text and unique illustrations. The ending portrays Laika as finding a new, loving family rather than succumbing to heat and stress. This confused my children and because of the ambiguity of the illustrations they asked me if aliens had rescued Laika. To clear things up for them I read them the author's note at the end of the book.
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