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Laika Paperback – 16 Oct 2014
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* A luminous masterpiece filled with pathos and poignancy. --Kirkus Reviews starred review Abadzis doesn't just show Laika's plight. He makes you feel it in the core of your being. . . . Consider Nick Abadzis a name to watch from here on in.--School Library Journal* Abadzis's tear-inducing and solidly researched graphic novel treatment of Laika's surpassingly tragic story is a standout, not just for its sympathetic point of view but for its refusal to Disnify or anthropomorphize the undeniably cute dog at its heart. . . . Although the tightly packed and vividly inked panels of Abadzis's art tell an impressively complex tale . . . where the dog becomes a pawn in larger political and bureaucratic scheming, Laika's palpable spirit is what readers will remember. --Publishers Weekly, starred review. Space enthusiasts will . . . appreciate how much of the drama unfolds not only in dialogue bubbles but in the meticulous visual detail within wordless frames that captures the complex emotional responses of human participants pressured to sacrifice a dog they've come to treasure. --BCCB Highly recommended for public and school libraries. --Library Journal
About the Author
Nick Abadzis is a British comics creator whose work has been published across the globe, from the U.S. to Japan. He based his book on the true story of the Sputnik 2: there was really a dog named Laika, and she touched the stars before she died. In writing his graphic novel, Nick Abadzis did thorough scientific and historical research, including traveling to Russia, visiting special Sputnik 2 archives, and interviewing experts in the field. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
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Following the story of the most famous dog in the world - Laika - from his humble beginnings on the streets of Moscow to his pivotal role in the Soviet/USA space race this story will give you all and more - drama, tension, characters you really care about and most importantly a story that really leaves you questioning humanity itself and our blind ambition above all other costs.
This is a book for any age, whether you have an interest in space travel or not there will be something in there for you.
Two main stories are recounted here - that of the scientists and engineers who built and launched the Sputnik satellites, and the life of the dog Kudryavka and the people around her, as she slowly makes her way to become Laika, the first dog in space.
We get to see the former Soviet Union from the viewpoint of fairly ordinary people, and it is not the world of 1984; it is much closer to 1950s British society than we might feel comfortable with (1954, then). There are jobsworths and unpleasant people about, but the majority are ‘ordinary’ people who try to be kind to dogs and each other. Unfortunately, ‘people in power’ make decisions that the ordinary people have to follow, and the ordinary people have to deal with the consequences of the actions that they are compelled to take.
This is a ‘real’ story, and is based on true events, and is also a magnificent novel
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