Laika by Nick Abadzis

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Laika Read Online Free - 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, 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.

Laika is the winner of the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens and an Eisner Award nominee for Best Reality-Based Work.

Title : Laika
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ISBN : 1596431016
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 pages


Melki rated it ★★★★★

March 30, 2012

Augh! What the heck was I thinking...reading a book where I KNOW the dog dies at the end?!? I've spent my entire life avoiding Old Yeller for just that reason. But, Laika's story intrigued me, so I gritted my teeth, and mostly enjoyed the ride. In 1957, buoyed by the success of Sputnik, Khrushchev...

Scarlett rated it ★★★★★

September 16, 2017

“Work with animals is a source of suffering to all of us. We treat them like babies who cannot speak. The more time passes, the more I’m sorry about it. We did not learn enough from the mission to justify the death of the dog.” -Oleg Georgivitch Gazenko, 1998 If you think this is just another sad...

Betsy rated it ★★★★★

August 13, 2007

Dead dog books used to be a dime a dozen. Time was a kid couldn’t walk into a bookstore without getting whacked over the head with “Old Yeller”, creamed in the kisser by “Sounder”, and roughed up royally by “Where the Red Fern Grows”. Recently, however, dogs don’t die as often as all that. You co...

Lata rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2017

A story of ambition, politics, and cruelty, leading up to the first Soviet launch of a living being into orbit. That being was a young dog that had been abused for much of her life then was sent to her needless death in an effort to meet a ridiculous deadline imposed by Khrushchev. I had a lot of...

Orbi rated it ★★★☆☆

October 14, 2016

3,3 Lijepa prica o Lajki i njenom jednosmjernom putovanju u svemir. Svida mi se nacin na koji ispreplice fikciju i cinjenice i kako su sve sudbine nekako povezane. Sam zavrsetak je melankolican zbog tragike, ali najveci dio stripa me ostavio ravnodusnom. Nekako mi zao da ovo nije ruski strip. Vjero...

Seth rated it ★★★☆☆

July 30, 2011

Books with dogs tend to manipulate. That’s just the nature of the literary and cinematic landscape. Old Yeller. Where the Red Fern Grows. Homeward Bound. It’s like a rule. And rather than subvert this, LAIKA‘s pretty up front about the fact that it will in no way deviate from the script. It relis...

Dov rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2015

A lot of people complain about the manipulative nature of humans writing about canines who will die in the course of a story. And some people openly admit that they appreciate the particular kind of pain that comes from these "dying dog" books. But "Laika" is not, I do not think, a book that sets...

Cindy rated it ★★★★★

January 31, 2008

Okay, let's get two things out of the way. One, this is a graphic novel. Two, this is a dead dog book. The latter's not a spoiler--we're all reasonably intelligent people, we've heard of the Sputnik program even if we weren't around to personally witness its impact on the world. The dog dies, oka...

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

April 29, 2016

I'm not crying, you're crying!

Greta rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2017

This graphic novel is the fictionalized story of the first living creature in space, the dog Laika. The author, Nick Abadzis, has done exhaustive research for his book. However, there was no way to know what Laika's life was as a stray dog, so the first quarter of the book, dealing with this, is...

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