Most children I know have gone through a fascination of all things space at some point. Given, ‘Laika’ is our dog’s name (let’s just say my husband hasn’t quite outgrown his space fascination), I couldn’t resist this book. It did not disappoint. The book tells the story of a little dog who yearns to find a family and a home. Along the way, this little dog is chosen for a very important mission and becomes one of the most famous dogs of all time. This pictures are fantastic and emulate the Russian avant-garde movement which was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
I was quite relieved to find that the author gave the story a much nicer ending than poor Laika’s fate in reality (the book is based on a true story), although he did acknowledge this slight depart from the truth in his note, where he wrote, “This story, with its happy ending fit for a true explorer, is the one I choose to believe.”
What you need to know about this book:
Title: Laika The Astronaut
Author & Illustrator: Owen Davey
Publisher: Allen & Unwin