It's also hard to give dogs human qualities that make them sympathetic characters, but this is done well. Lopside has all of the scrappiness of a mixed breed, Champion is very regal, and Daisy... like people, dogs are sometimes a little scatterbrained as well. While it is a little hard to believe that dogs, lacking thumbs, would be able to do a lot of the work required for space flight, I had no problems believing that they could do the work. Lopside's tool belt is very useful... and cute as well!
There are a growing number of space adventures books (as opposed to science fiction/Dystopian books where the aliens invade and everything goes poorly!), so this will be an excellent addition to the Voyagers series (various authors), Kraatz's Space Runners, and Liss' Randoms. The fact that it has such an adorable dog on the cover will make this appealing to my readers who might not normally pick up space travel books but will read anything about dogs. I know just the student to whom I will hand this first!