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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  3,185 ratings  ·  412 reviews
Di Star City, pusat pelatihan kosmonot di luar Moscow, ada monumen untuk mengenang para pahlawan antariksa Uni Sovyet. Di salah satu bagian monumen, ada relief seekor anjing kecil yang duduk di belakang para kosmonot. Itulah LAIKA, anjing pertama yang dikirim ke orbit dengan Sputnik II pada tanggal 3 November 1957. Buku ini menceritakan perjalanan hidupnya.

Uni Sovyet, yan
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 2008 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published September 1st 2007)
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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 could probably concoct some magnificent sociological explanation for this, citing changes in the political and emotional landscape of our great nation leading to the decrease in deceased literary pups, but ...more
Seth Hahne
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 relishes in its formulaic, heart-melting prison of manipulation and contrivance.

Really, unless you’re a fan of being manipulated, the book’s only saving graces are that it offers an eye into Russia’s Cold War
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, okay? That's not an acceptable reason to give this book a pass. (I'm talking to you, Ruth.) As for the former, well, if you're going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.

This is a tremendo
Claire Scott
When I started working in a schoool, I thought that my strong immune system would keep me healthy even though all first-year teachers spend the whole year sick from new germs. Was I right? Not at all. It was the same with Laika. I knew that everybody else cried when they read this book, but I thought that somehow I'd be prepared, not that I'd find myself bawling into a bowl of pho on Clement St. And yet.

Laika is the story of the first dog to go up in space. It's not a spoiler to tell you that s
(Éamon, I don't think you should read this book.) The story mostly revolves around humans, even though it's supposed to be about the first dog in space. The humans weren't as interesting to me. There's also a lot of meanness and some rather graphic violence toward the non-human characters, lots of unpleasant situations the non-humans never consented to being subjected to (like the space stuff), and all of that has left me feeling quite upset.
And I thought "Lassie Come Home" was sad. This was a new level. I don't know that I can recommend this to dog lovers - it's just sad. I hate how helpless...ah, well, it's no use to wail about it. The artwork left a lot to be desired - must everyone be ugly?
Dec 12, 2008 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers wanting a sad tail(sorry), Librarians - cold war bibliography, USSR history fiends
Recommended to Jess by: group from children's lit
Laika blends four stories: Korolev, a political prisoner turned Soviet space engineer, Yelena, a lab tech in charge of dogs, Gazenko, Soviet space scientist, and Laika nee Kudryavka, the first dog in space.

Sad but interesting read. A useful look into cold war Soviet Union--notice the way propaganda is spoken of--that students would read. My only read objection is to chapter 2, where Adabzis creates a fictional backstory of Laika. I get that he's mirroring Korolev's struggle but it's unnecessary.
Nov 23, 2008 Mahrya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 10-Adult
Shelves: juvenilia
Abadzis, Nick. Laika, First Second, 199 pages. Graphic Novel.

Description: Laika tells the story of the Russia's Sputnik II program and the satellite's canine astronaut, Laika. The book focuses on the dog's hard early life and her bond with a trainer named Yelena.

Review: Any preconception that I had about graphic novels presenting simplistic or cartoonish stories was shattered by this book. Laika, is a complex story that focuses on the deep relationships that can be formed between humans and an
This book broke my heart. It's difficult for me to imagine what the world was like during the Cold War and the suspicion, fear and competition that motivated it, so reading Laika was like stepping into another time.

Abadzis tells the story of Laika, the first dog to be sent into space as part of the US-Soviet race to the moon. We follow her from puppyhood all the way to her ill-fated selection as the test subject for the program. The art in the book is simple but vivid and through it we come to s
*This review contains spoilers!*
"Laika" is an informational graphic novel about the Russian dog named Laika that travels into space on Sputnik II. The story follows the journey Laika has from how she was raised, to how she traveled into space. It also has many unique perspectives on the work that is done on Sputnik II. Some characters are thrilled about the progress that's being made, like Korolev who is in charge of the operation. Other characters are ashamed that people are sacrificing a life
This book was so sad and beautiful it just about destroyed me. Nick Abadzis does an amazing job bringing this touching story the caring and uncaring ways that people treat dogs. He is also an incredible cartoonist as well as a skilled writer.
Becky B
This graphic novel fictionalized version of the story of Laika is told focusing on two people and one dog. First it focuses on Laika (originally called Kudryavka) from birth, to an unhappy adoption, to life on the streets, to life as a test dog for the Soviet space program. Secondly, it focuses on the man who designed Sputnik and Sputnik II. And thirdly, it focuses on a lady named Oleg who works for the Soviet's space program as the dog handler, who is brokenhearted when Kudryavka is chosen beca ...more
Brian Kelley
Any story involving a mistreated animal just rakes at my gut--I'm a sucker for that type of manipulation. I can't even watch Marley & Me even though I read the book when it first came out. I'm serious when I say I steadfastly refuse to even look at the screen if my girlfriend puts Marley & Me on television. I've always had dogs and have become wired to respond emotionally to them. Few other stories have come anywhere near generating those types of heavy emotions in me.

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Palkittu sarjakuvaromaani Laika lunasti kaikki odotukseni. Pieteetillä tehty sarjakuva maailman kuuluisimman eläinkokeen uhrista kylmän sodan kilpavarustelun aikana liikutti jo alkusivuilla, vaikka totuuden nimissä "Laikan" päähenkilöitä ovat kyllä koiran elämään vaikuttaneet ihmiset. Laika (Haukkuja), alkuaan Kudryavka (Pikku Kippura hännänkiemuran mukaan) oli kertojan mukaan sekarotuinen koira vahinkopentueesta. Kudryavka siirtyi sattuman kaupalla nuoren pojan kaltoinkohtelemaksi lemmikiksi, k ...more
I have a bit of an obsession with the story of Laika, the dog the Russians sent into orbit on Sputnik 2 in 1957. As a way to capitalize on the success of Sputnik 1 a month earlier, the team was sent reeling into action to send a living being into space in time for the 40th year celebration of the Soviet Revolution. As a result, there was no time to develop a plan to get Sputnik 2 back to, and Laika ("bark" in Russian) were doomed to die in space. At the time, the world was told that t ...more
Tek sam prije par godina, u svojim tridesetima, saznala da se Lajka nikada nije vratila na Zemlju (view spoiler) i zbog toga sam bila šokirana, razočarana i tužna (doslovno na rubu suza). Osjećala sam se prevareno jer 1. svemirski putnik nije preživio let te uživao u slavi i njenim blagodatima. Do jučer sam mislila da je to ...more
Wow, I really liked this. It's one of those tricky genre mash-ups, though: a fictionalized account (the dog Laika's perspective, mostly) layered on top of rich historical research & information.

It was fascinating to learn about the Russian space program and the race to have manned space missions. The story moves between Laika's story, the story of the girl & mother who found her, the engineer Kolov, and the dog trainer, Yelena. These switches in time and perspective are effortless; the
This is a beautiful, very poignant book. It's a gorgeous graphic telling (blending fact and fiction) of the story of Laika, the Russian cosmo-dog. It's categorized as JRHI/YA in our library, but I highly recommend it to anyone. It's a layered story involving not just the dog, but a driven scientist, Korolev, and the lab technician, Yelena, who's in charge of Laika's health and "well-being" leading up to her (Laika's)launch as the live passenger of Sputnik 2. It's very compelling, and the artwork ...more
Sean Kennedy
WARNING: This book will make you ugly cry. For serious.

Laika is the most famous dog to have lived. The first living sentient being in outer space, Laika was a symbol of the cold war and ongoing relations between the USA and Russia.

She became a symbol of so much more, as she also became their victim.

Her story is beautifully rendered in this superb graphic novel - seriously, one of the best I have ever read - and Laika is given a beautiful and respectful farewell here, which she never received in
sweet pea
this book manages to be sweet, heart-wrenching, and detailed all at the same time. the interplay of tales that turn Kudryavka to Laika is convoluted and interesting to watch unfold. the character of Yelena Alexandrovna Dubrovsky, the head dog trainer, is unique and riveting. her bond with her charges is absolute and allows her some power in the male-only world of the russian space program. this book is a superb retelling of the tragic, if heroic, figure of laika, the first being to (briefly) orb ...more
Ronald Koltnow
We all know that the Russians launched Sputnik II in November of 1957 and that Laika, a Russian mutt, was the first living creature to be launched into space. Nick Abadzis has used this fact for a moving graphic history of the events, which is at the same time and admonition of the use of animals in scientific testing, a screed against cruelty to animals, and a reminder of the responsibility we have to our furry friends. I watched THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING and THE IMITATION GAME with nary a lump ...more
My review of: LAIKA
By Julian Scheuneman
Laika is a very entertaining story about a very special dog’s journey through life and all the lives that are affected by just one dog!
This dog went through anything from escaping a horrible owner to living on its own as a stray, escaping dog nappers, being loved, and used for space programs
This story kept me reading from page to page. I always wanted to know what happens to that dog through all its adventures. But some flaws I found i
Callan Holpp
Oct 16, 2014 Callan Holpp rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Space lovers, Dog lovers, Russian History lovers
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Amelia Sturtevant
The book Laika is about a puppy who was abandoned when she was about four months old. Laika quickly adapted to living on the streets with the help of a new friend, however, a few months later, Laika was caught by dog catchers, and her companion was killed. Because the dog pound was full, she was brought to the Russian research station, because “they could always use more dogs.” Once Laika is at the research station she becomes one of the favorite dogs of the new animal technician. Laika goes thr ...more
Nick Abadzis and Hilary Sycamore

Laika is about a small white and brown dog named Kudryavka in the beginning and soon is named Laika, meaning barker. Kudryavka was put into a family where the sun was neglected who he of course neglected Kudryavka. He threw her into river and she lived wild then got captured from dog catchers and put into a space unit who tested dogs like astronauts. Kudryavka was the best out of all of them and she was scheduled to be sent up into space. Laika’s caretaker o
Vanessa Crooks
After keeping it in my Amazon shopping cart for years, I finally bought Laika, intrigued by how Nick Abadzis would develop much of the story and from which points of view. I'm glad I did read it finally, and yet at the same time I wish I hadn't. From beginning to end, Abadzis's Laika is heart-breaking, by providing a voice to the dog herself, and by putting into context and precise chronology the reasons why her fate was sealed from the start.
Even as I knew what was to happen in the end, I pret
Laika by Nick Abadzis is about a dog named Laika who is given to this family as a gift because the mother dog had 7 babies and the family couldn’t take care of them all, so she gave them away to others. The family that’s taking care of it gives it to their son, who doesn’t want it, and ends up throwing it in a river and getting on with his life.
Laika is later on found by a dog catcher and is sent to this company that builds rockets/space ship and they end up sending her in space,
Laika by Nick Abadzis is a fantastic book that takes place in Russia during the time the sputnik aircrafts were being launched. The story follows a dog named Laika or Kudryavka on her journey towards fame with her trainer so to speak named Yelena as the good dog finds his destiny. The art work and story are fantastic and I enjoyed almost every second of reading the book


Laika the famous dog who was put in space aboard Sputnik 2 sadly did die from a sudden rise of temperature in her c
I knew this book was going to be sad but I had no idea it was going to be THIS SAD. Like, from the very first pages. And I kept expecting it to get mildly uplifting and it never did. It was super good if you want to cry forever.
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Nick Abadzis was born in Sweden to Greek and English parents and was brought up in Switzerland and England. He is a writer and artist who likes comics (which means these days he seems to be known as a “graphic novelist”). His work for both adults and children has been published in many countries across the world.

He also works as an editorial consultant and has helped set up several best-selling an
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“For once, it seems there's nothing to worry about...
...for the time being.
Of course, nothing lasts.
And why worry about that?
One must learn not to.
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 how it should be.
The secret.... 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 alright.
After all, something always comes along that changes everything. And, once you realize this, you find that you're no longer imprisoned by this truth...
...but freed by it.”
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