3,2,1 Take-off!

For this week’s friday read, we’ve picked a book which we think is truly out of this world…literally!

Laika the astronautLaika the Astronaut by author-illustrator Owen Davey is a beautifully retro version of the story of Laika, one of the first animals to be sent into space and the first animal to orbit the earth!  The style suits the era in which it takes place-1957-  particularly with its use of the Stalinist style of art.  The author gives a happy ending to Laika’s story but the back page gives her official biography, plus photo, for those who are new to the dog’s tale.  The colours, bold spaces and positioning of the minimal text all contribute to the mood of each page, to create what we think is an absolutely stunning book.

(Laika the Astronaut by Owen Davey, Templar Publishing, £12.99 hardback, 9781848778788)


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