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Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth's first space traveler. This is her journey.

Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika there is Korolev, once a political prisoner and now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika's health and life. This intense triangle is rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn Dixie , Shiloh , and Old Yeller .

Abadzis gives life to a pivotal moment in modern history, casting light on the hidden moments of deep humanity behind history. Laika's story will speak straight to your heart.

Publisher: New York : First Second, c2007.
ISBN: 9781250050625
Characteristics: 205 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sycamore, Hilary


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Nov 17, 2014

When I first heard of Laika, I remember thinking how desperately sad her story was. I didn't know the whole thing until I read this little gem. It is unbearably sad. And beautiful. I kept running around the house chasing my dog, trying to clutch her to me. She was annoyed. Now when she does bad things, i threaten to send her into space.

Vilka Feb 26, 2014

I docked one star for the sloppy art, but had to give it back for leaving me emotionally crippled. I admit I was bawling through the last quarter (which hasn't happened in a LONG time), even though I knew how it would end.
The story of the Cold War space race, focusing on three characters: the gulag prisoner turned head designer for Sputnik, the stray dog who became the first living being in orbit, and the lab technician in charge of the research dogs. Though the art quality is indifferent at best, the story itself is a troubling and ultimately tragic look at Cold War politics, duty, trust and ethics (in both politics and research).

Nov 18, 2013

I loved this book!

Jun 18, 2011

A wonderful, sad tale.

Feb 25, 2011

I've always heard of about Laika the First dog into space, but not how it came to be.
Laika brings to the reader the harsh cold reality of the space program.
it creates a Russian world that feels very bleak while showing pockets of caring people.
Don't want to give the ending away but does bring tears to ones eyes.
I would recommend not reading this in the Winter, way to many frightfully cold settings.

Feb 18, 2011

Won an Eisner Award. Worthy read. Engaging. Odd transitions of characters' facial expressions from one picture to the next. I cried.

brightling Mar 04, 2010

Laika is a very strong graphic novel. Well told and balances the emotional and realistic elements of the story very well. An emotional tale for many of the characters and certainly for the reader as the story progresses. A recommended read for mature readers as there is some violence to dogs depicted..

020 Nov 05, 2009



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Jan 04, 2011

“Every day, every moment is a frontier to a country that, once crossed, can never be returned to. Most of the time we don't notice. Which is just as it should be. The secret... is not to worry. You can't go back. Although those you leave behind... will still think of you. Most of the time, we don't notice the small, gradual changes... only the sudden unexpected ones. But, once you understand that nothing lasts... everything's all right”

Apr 18, 2009

This place... is a place where we do what we do best. Where we don't let dogs be dogs... or even people be people. This place... this place is a monument to man's ambitions.


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brightling Mar 04, 2010

Violence: Some dogs are injured, abused or killed in frame during the comic.

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