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I, Cosmo (Hardcover)

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At age 13 (82 in dog years) Cosmo knows his life’s purpose is to love and protect the Walker family--especially 12-year-old tender-hearted Max. Now the family is facing challenges. The parents are arguing more and it seems that divorce is coming. Cosmo will do everything he can to make sure he and Max stay together, including learning to dance. Yes, this book has dogs who dance! Cosmo’s narration is completely charming --full of wit, wisdom, and heart. Warning, if you don’t already have a family dog--you will want one after meeting Cosmo! — Holly (RBB Staff)

— From I, Cosmo


A golden retriever narrates a hilarious, heart-tugging tale of a dog and his humans as he tries to keep his family together while everything around them falls apart.

Ever since Cosmo became a big brother to Max ten years ago, he’s known what his job was: to protect his boy and make him happy. Through many good years marked by tennis balls and pilfered turkey, torn-up toilet paper and fragrant goose poop, Cosmo has doggedly kept his vow. Until recently, his biggest problems were the evil tutu-wearing sheepdog he met on Halloween and the arthritis in his own joints. But now, with Dad-scented blankets appearing on the couch and arguing voices getting louder, Cosmo senses a tougher challenge ahead. When Max gets a crazy idea to teach them both a dance routine for a contest, how can Cosmo refuse, stiff hips or no? Max wants to remind his folks of all the great times they’ve had together dancing — and make them forget about the “d” word that’s making them all cry. Told in the open, optimistic, unintentionally humorous voice of a golden retriever, I, Cosmo will grab readers from the first page — and remind them that love and loyalty transcend whatever life throws your way.

About the Author

Carlie Sorosiak is the author of two novels for young adults, If Birds Fly Back and Wild Blue Wonder. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Praise For…

Cosmo's narration combines wit, heart, stubbornness, and a grouchy dignity, all ably tugging at funny bones and heartstrings alike. Sorosiak's author's note is a joyful celebration of dogs' hidden humanity, one that's reflected in her joyfully and painfully realistic tale of a struggling family and doggedly persistent canine companion...Love might not last forever, but it can certainly teach an old dog new tricks.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Sorosiak (Wild Blue Wonder) offers Cosmo a combination of wisdom and innocence that feel truly dog-like as his warm voice conveys Max and Cosmo’s mutual affection—the steady and heartwarming constant in both their lives. Touching, bittersweet, and true, this book will appeal to anyone who has loved a pet.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Told from the point of view of Cosmo, this tender middle-grade tale about the love between a human and a dog will touch the heart of animal-lovers everywhere. Cosmo and Max are a special duo, and together they learn that no matter what may happen at home, there’s nothing like the love between special friends. A must-read for dog fans.
—Booklist Online

Like any good dog, Cosmo is so funny, friendly, and loyal that he quickly became a dear friend, so much so that when I finished reading the book, I missed hearing his voice and picturing his shaggy face. Come back, Cosmo!
—Jim Gorant, author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs

This striking middle-grade debut is a love letter to dogs everywhere. Readers will cheer for Cosmo and Max with all their hearts. I, Cosmo soars!
—Ali Standish, author of The Ethan I Was Before
Product Details
ISBN: 9781536207699
ISBN-10: 1536207691
Publisher: Walker Books US
Publication Date: December 24th, 2019
Pages: 192