Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Kid Lit Blog Hop #41

Welcome back to the Kid Lit Blog Hop #41
We have just returned after a wonderful visit to my home city.  Of course, I visited the local library I grew up in, which I may have mentioned before, has the best selection of picture books.


Laika The Astronaut by Own Davey:

Laika was a stray dog wandering the streets of Moscow
She was lonely and she wished for a family to love her.
Someone took her in, but not for the purpose Laika wished for.
Some Astronauts had a very special job for her.
Laika trained hard until it was time for her mission.
She blasted off into space with the world watching.
She zoomed around the Earth, until something went wrong.
The world thought Laika was lost.
She was one brave dog, that paved the way for space travel.
As no one knows what happened to the little dog in the space ship, the author has chosen his own adventurous and happy ending, he he, but I am not going to tell you what it is. You will have to read it.

The first thing you notice about this book is the fantastic and unique illustrations.  
Mostly done in shades of gold, greens and red, which gives it a distinct and eye pleasing journey back to that era. We have read another one of Own Davey's books, and we very much enjoyed the tale, as well as the delightful illustrations.  I think we are fast becoming fans.

You can't help but fall in love with little Laika. We spied this one in the library, and as I am naturally drawn to all things space, and so is my little G, we agree that we must have this one in our home collection.

The end pages have a note about the origin of the story.
 On November 3 1957 we learn that Laika was the first animal to orbit the Earth in the Sputnik 2.
Just a few hours later all communication was lost. I did not realise that it was actually really a non fiction story, with a fictional ending until I read the authors notes, but I was not disappointed. I choose to believe that Laika is forever the adventurer that Owen Davey paints.


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  1. Well now, that looks like a cute and interesting story. I will have to find that one!
    Nice to meet you and I am now following.
    Here was my post for today:

    1. Great to meet you Naila and we checked out your post too. Thanks so much for joining us on the hop

  2. Sounds like a fantastic and unique book. I know a few dog-loving kids who would enjoy this. Thanks for the review!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Stephanie, yes we loved it and want to have the pages on our wall. Such great art in this book

  3. This book's illustrations have such a cool style. Dropped in on the blog hop 😜

    1. I knew you would love the style Steve, yes its an awesome book

  4. This looks like such a great book, and the cover is FANTASTIC!

    1. Its fab Katie. So glad you were able to stop by.

  5. the astronaut dog...OMG...I know Dino would love that...have to check that out. thanks.

    1. Oh Dino would love this one, and there are loads of Laika books out there too, as he was so very famous. Thanks for stopping by

  6. I remember that first flight. At the time, I never gave it a second thought, but now I look back and wonder at the wisdom of sending dogs and chimps into space. This sounds like an interesting book though.

  7. That's so funny - I never knew the space dog's name - but clearly now I do! Thanks for sharing this book in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.