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Laika the Astronaut Hardcover – 1 Nov 2013
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Laika is Owen Davey's third picture book. in it he re-tells the story of the first animal to orbit the earth. Laika was a Russian dog, launched into space in the Sputnik 2 rocket in 1957. It was a huge event at the time, a story I remember hearing in the news as a young girl. Templar publishers recognise interesting illustration and design, and the design and illustration in Laika the Astronaut is stunning, with echoes of Russian poster art. They story is simply and engagingly told. However, I would have liked it to end on the double page spread: 'In the years that followed, people wrote books about her, made stamps with her face on and even put up a statue of her.' Laika living ion in memories would have made a much more powerful ending than Davey's fantasy adventure of Laika being found and living a life of happiness with a dream family. Nevertheless, a stunningly illustrated picture book for young readers 6 - 9 -- Lynda Graham * The School Librarian Journal *
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Owen Davey's first book, Foxly's Feast, was 'Highly Commended' in the Macmillan Children's Book prize. His second title, the bedtime book Knight Night, was praised in The New York Times as, "Simple, sweet and bound to induce sleep."
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Illustrations are SPECTACULAR, really represent the soviet art which is yet another educational dimension of this book and really pleasant for the adults to read it!
Bought for my friends 17month old and will be buying it for my 9 month old. Never too early to read great books to them!