talking dogs

  • author: various
  • illustrator: Elīna Brasliņa

isbn: 978-9934-574-23-8

size: 210 x 280 mm

year: 2019

price: 13.00 €

This is a summer adventure story about Jacob, a city centre boy, and his cousin, the smarty-boots Mimmi, and a talking stray dog gang saving a suburb of Riga. Jacob has to spend the summer with his relatives in the outskirts of the city while his dad, an architect, has to go on a business trip. Jacob thinks it’s an awful idea. His cousin Mimi is quite an irritating rebellious girl and his Uncle Eagle (a former seaman) simply has no time for children. However, it turns out that the suburb of Maskačka is an unusual place - Jacob becomes friends with Boss, the leader of the horde of the talking dogs. Mimi discovers that the rich Lord Manny Pie is going to build a skyscraper and will cut down trees in the neighbourhood’s park. She wants to stop it. At the same time, one of the talking dogs Snowy disappears. When none of the adults wants to help Mimmi and Jacob to fight against Manny Pie, the children become friends with Boss and the talking dogs and together start the operation “Save Maskacha!” to rescue the place from converting the romantic wooden-house-neighborhood into an impersonal glass skyscraper area. During the operation they discover that Snowy has been kidnapped by Manny Pie and Eagle works as a night guard at the construction site. After two failed attempts to stop the construction works, children meet Manny Pie, who turns out to be a boy of their age, and convinces him to stop building the skyscraper by revealing that the neighborhood is home to the unique gang of talking dogs.



The comic is based on the animation feature film “Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs” directed by Edmunds Jansons (Atom Art).  The comic is drawn by Elīna Brasliņa who is also the artist of the animated film, however, for the comics she developed a new style and redrew the story completely, keeping the warm colour palette of the drawings, and showing some contrasts between the old-fashioned suburb with wooden houses and the modern but cold centre district. There are references to recognizable places and buildings of Riga, however they are not depicted precisely but in associative manner. Trailer of the film is available here:



Elīna Brasliņa (1988) An illustration superstar – quick, precise, and brilliantly talented. She can draw it all – from a black dog at night to a colourful jungle that up until now has only lived in the imagination of an author. Elīna always adds unexpected flourishes to her handwriting, which other illustrators only shake their heads at and say: ‘Why didn’t I think of that?‘