Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Voyage of the Dogs” as Want to Read:
Voyage of the Dogs
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Voyage of the Dogs

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
This edge-of-your-seat action-packed story is Homeward Bound—set in space!

SOS. Laika damaged. Human crew missing.
We are the dogs. We are alone.

Lopside is a Barkonaut—a specially trained dog who assists human astronauts on missions in space. He and the crew aboard the spaceship Laika are en route to set up an outpost on a distant planet. When the mission takes a disastrous
Published September 4th 2018 by HarperCollins
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Voyage of the Dogs, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Voyage of the Dogs

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Middle Grade fiction isn’t an age category I typically go for, but I’m a big fan of Greg Van Eekhout and when I saw the premise of Voyage of the Dogs I just couldn’t resist. This book was just too darn cute!

Billed as The Incredible Journey set in space, the story follows a team of four scrappy and adorable canine Barkonauts as they travel aboard the colonization ship Laika as companions and specially trained helpers to the
Eliza Rapsodia
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Niños y amantes de los perros y el espacio
Recommended to Eliza by: Nadie
ARC provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review


This is was a fun and sometimes deep and emotional adventure.

Lopside is a barkonaut -a dog that has been trained to help and resolve problems on missions in space. He is part of a crew in the spaceship Laika that is going to a distant outpost. But something really bad happen and Lopside and his barkonaut friends: Daisy, Bug and the leader Champion should try to resolve the damage on the ship and survive at the same time
Lis Carey
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs, f-sf, fiction
I'll just say this up front, because I'm one of the people for whom this is important: No dogs die in this book. We do get the story of Laika*, told by one of the dogs to the others so that, at a critical point, they can make an informed choice, but Greg Van Eekhout kills none of his fictional dogs in the course of this story.

Lopside, Bug, Daisy, and their pack leader, Golden retriever Champion, are Barkonauts, dogs specially trained and equipped to be part of the crew of Laika, the first Earth
Shae McDaniel
Literally Homeward Bound meets Gravity. So cute. But also wow, stressful. Kids are going to love it.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, rc18
If you love dogs and love desperate voyages of a handful of survivors on board a crippled spacecraft who never give up hope but keep on doing their best because they are Good Dogs gosh darn it...and even though I don't care that much for dogs in general I am a sucker for any sort of character who keeps doing all they can for pack and for mission because the alternative, giving up, is not conceivable. These are Good Dogs indeed, and their good dogness made me teary quite a few times.

Soiler, becau
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Of course, the humans couldn't go alone. There had to be dogs. Because wherever humans went dogs came along. Like rats, only more helpful. Dogs would herd livestock. Dogs would keep watch against the unknown. And, more importantly, dogs would keep the human crew company during the long spaceflight, and on their new home, far away from Earth.

But first they had to get there.

I guess this is technically a "Middle Grade" b
Ms. Yingling
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

The Laika is on mission Stepping Stone, traveling outside the solar system to set up a new planet. In addition to the human crew, animals, and plants, there are some very loyal dogs, because where there are humans, there HAVE to be dogs! Since the journey is so long, everyone goes into hibernation including our hero, Lopside, Great Dane Daisy, natural leader and captain's assistant Champion, and talented engineer Bug. Lopside is a bit apprehensive, but his human Roro tel
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
This is a fabulous concept for an MG adventure novel – dogs in space! Companion-dogs forced to rescue themselves when their humans go missing! – and it’s carried off SO well.

I actually know Greg, so I already knew that he had dogs of his own, but even if I hadn’t known him beforehand, I would have been certain that he’s a dog-owner just by how fantastically he writes from a dog’s point of view. It is so much fun to watch the barkonauts’ augmented intelligence mix with their laugh-out-loud spot-o
Ramsey Hootman
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of my eight-year-old:
I loved it! This book is a mix of funny, adventure, and sadness. There were lots of really sad parts. I liked how there were tons of details and how the dogs were super smart. I'm pretty sure the most funny part was where the dog burped a song. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs and space.

From me:
Kiddo was instantly grabbed by the charming cover and the blurb riffing on Star Trek (to boldly go where no dog has been before) and, once he sta
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I need to get over bad or incomplete science in books for middle graders. I mean, this was a good, solid space adventure starring dogs for goodness' sake and all I'm worrying about is who tested all the flora and fauna on Stepping Stone to ensure they were safe to eat. Like, seriously, the stuff on Stepping Stone was maybe 10% of the book and I'm letting it ruin my enjoyment of the whole book. Suspension of disbelief, woman. Suspension. Of. Disbelief.

Sigh. My problem, not the book's.

But can we t
This is a lovely little book about a group of Very Good Dogs. On a spaceship.

They got left behind by the humans on the ship, but they're determined to complete their mission.

This is a middle-grade book, but if you need a pick-me-up or a unicorn chaser in these dark times, read (or listen) to this book. You won't regret it.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really freaking cute and perfect for kids wanting to try a mild sci-fi book. Also, anything with Barkonauts will be easy to hand to nervous readers.

This was recommended to me by a 3rd grade girl and her dad who both read and loved it. So glad I listened.
Mary Lowd
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a perfect book.

Addendum a few hours later: I miss reading this book... It was totally absorbing, and if I'd read it when I was twelve, it would have unquestionably been my favorite book.
Kim Howard
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story for fans of books about dogs and outer space!
Angie Boyter
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-possibles
4+, verging on 5. A charming SF book for young people of all ages! Such a wonderful change from dystopic SF.
Who could resist a book about a spaceship full of dogs, abandoned by the human crew and determined to save themselves and their ship? It was an outrageously cute idea, but could it succeed without being downright silly? The answer is a resounding Yes, and Voyage of the Dogs delivers a delightful read for both young people and adults.
The spaceship Laika carries a small group of “barkonauts”
Simone Henderson
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, so I received an advance readers edition of this book for free and am under no obligation so you will hear my unadulterated opinion on it. What interested me the most about reading it is found on the cover, "To boldly go where no dog has gone before." Yup, I'm a Star Trek fan although I do not typically read young adult or kids literature.

This book is written primarily for grades 3-7 (ages 8-12) so it's a kids/young adult book. I'm not certain if it's supposed to be science fiction, fantas
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers
Shelves: giveaways
Thank you HarperChildrens for the Goodreads Giveaway! What a fun read. I really enjoyed it. The book felt like a version of The Martian but for children and with dogs as the main characters. That was a great mash-up for me! I love space adventures and I love dogs. The dogs personalities and characters were cute and had nice depth for a children's book. I really liked the dogs' relationships with Roro (their handler basically) and how they went into the dogs' backstories for Lopside and Champion. ...more
Sarah Theis
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
*I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and this is my honest review*

Lakia damaged.
Lifepod missing.
Human crew missing.
We are the dogs.
We are alone.

1st I want to say how happy I am I won this book. It sounded like such a cute idea and it didn't disappoint!
2nd, no dogs die. I repeat. No dogs die.

Lopside is a barkonaut, a dog trained to be part of a space mission to colonize a disant plant named Stepping Stone. He, and 3 other fellow barkonauts are put into hibernation along side their
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the voyage of the spaceship Laika. Its current mission: to travel to a new world, to survive without human companions and opposable thumbs, to boldly go where no dog has gone before!

When the four members of the canine crew of the Laika wake from hibernation to find themselves abandoned by their human counterparts, they know it’s up to them to complete the mission. And good dogs always complete their missions. THE SECRET LIFE OF DOGS meets UP meets LOST IN SPACE, or perhaps the canine ver
3.5 stars. It took me a bit to get into this middle grade science fiction story but once I did, I enjoyed it. I think what happened was I was expecting the kind of anthropomorphized dogs you find in many books for young people. Van Eekhout, however, chose to walk a fine line in keeping his dog characters dogs. Highly trained and evolved dogs, but still dogs who sniff butts, like smelly things, and hold to pack loyalty. Plus this is a futuristic story where humankind has developed ways to better ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades, sci-fi
Mix together Star Trek and Lost in Space and liberally sprinkle in “dogs” and you have “Voyage of the Dogs.” A stray named Lopside and three other highly trained canines are the sole survivors of a space expedition gone horribly wrong. Readers won’t be able to read fast enough to find out if these skilled dogs can find the crew of humans that abandoned them or reach the new planet where they were supposed to establish a new colony. Some of the science may be over the heads of the target audience ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Science fiction about dogs in space. It keeps the doggishness of the characters, but gives humans a translator to understand their meanings, and posits that they can be trained to run and repair space ships. (There are gravity emitters and space singularities -- it's all very modern.)

The personalities of the four dogs are well chosen -- our Hero Lopside is scrappy, small, and energetic; the leader, Champion is bigger but also more cynical underneath. Bugs is an excitable dour engineer, and the p
Danielle Booey
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Voyage of the Dogs is a strangely compelling story of intergalactic space exploration and the loyalty of dogs.

The last thing that Lopside remembers is getting belly rubs and then falling asleep for the beginning of their 6 month hibernation period before they arrive at their new home across the galaxy. When Lopside, Champion, Bug, and Daisy wake up, however, their spaceship is strangely silent, red lights are flashing, and the human crew is nowhere to be found.

So begins their peril fraught s
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once the cover said "To boldly go where no dog has gone before", I was hooked. A pack of dogs (Lopside, Champion, Bug, and Daisy) is accompanying the human crew on board the Laika to a new planet, Stepping Stone. The dogs awake from hibernation to find the ship damaged and the humans gone. Being good dogs, they band together and find a way to survive. Lopside even finds the one surviving crew member in an asteroid field. I loved this book. The dogs, especially Lopside< were terrific character ...more
Richard Mellinger
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Greg Van Eekhout did a great job with this book. He's a very good boy.

I don't read a lot of middle grade, but... dogs in space... I mean, c'mon. I had to.

This was well written and had characters that were lovable (not difficult because they are dogs) and relatable (much more impressive). He did a fantastic job of sprinkling in real science and interesting facts among the hand-wavy-almost-science that makes most science fiction work, the latter being forgivable and, in my opinion, done better her
(Spoiler from the author: I don’t kill off any of the dogs in this book. Why not? Because I’m not a monster, that’s why not.)

This is a children's book (target age 7-12). My somewhat low rating reflects its lack of cross-over appeal for this adult. I would not want to dissuade anyone from choosing it for a child.

Still it is a sweet and uplifting story of four Barkonaut (dogs specially trained for space travel) who awake from cyrosleep to discover their humans have abandoned ship. The struggle to
Jeffrey Petersen
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, cute book filled with adventure and heart! I read it to my 6 and 8 year olds over three nights and they always demanded I read another chapter before bed. The dogs are cute and smart and loyal, and there is just enough danger to keep young readers on the edge of their seats without any tears or major upset.

Both kids give it their highest recommendation, and I enjoyed reading it to them. Is great for kids and adults.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an ARE that my daughter's library received.

Oh to be young again!!! It is a middle school book but I enjoyed the heck out of it! Lopside goes "boldly where no dog has gone before" as a Barkonaut and he and his fellow Barkonauts are trained to fulfill their mission. This book combines just plain enjoyment with the moral of finishing what you start whether it is successful or not.

Kudos to author Greg Van Eekhout -
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
An adorable book about futuristic doggie astronauts who must save their spaceship and themselves from a terrible fate when their fellow human astronauts go missing during hibernation. This was a very quick read (probably because it is written for small children) but I enjoyed it and found myself laughing and enjoying the book even as an adult.
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Greg van Eekhout writes books for kids and adults. He enjoys eating little tacos, walking along the beach, and practicing kung fu. About the kung fu: He's let himself get a bit slovenly, quite frankly, so please do not challenge him to a fight. He cries easily. He's a weeper. He lives in San Diego.