Review of Laika, by Nick Abadzis

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Laika, by Nick Abadzis

First Second, New York, 2007.  205 pages.

http://www.nickabadzis.com/

http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/

This acclaimed graphic novel tells the story of Laika, a special little dog chosen to be the first living creature in space.

Laika’s life intertwines with many people — A former prisoner of the gulag who was promoted to Chief Designer in the space program, a little girl who loved the dog with the curly tail at birth, a boy who didn’t want responsibility for a puppy, a dogcatcher who resented the dog’s independent spirit, and an animal trainer who talked to the dogs at night before she went home.

The book tells a sad story.  It also makes you think.  When is it right to sacrifice the life of a dog — for science, for country, for glory?

I’m beginning to get used to graphic novels.  This is a high-quality one and is a nice choice to begin learning the form and how it can tell a story.

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