I, COSMOS, by Carlie Sorosiak, Candlewick Press

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. 

Out December 24, 2019

288 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I’ve had a Golden Retriever for ten years until I had to let him go due to cancer. So reading this book was such a treat to see that Sorosiak “gets it.” Goldens are very special dogs. Ours connected deeply with my special needs daughter and she just loved our Sam. Reading about the connection between Cosmo and Max brought huge smiles from me. Retrievers are big clowns, really goofy guys/girls that will love you to death and do whatever they can to get praise from their humans. They do not like chaos and seeing Cosmo trying to keep his family together was so heartwarming. I can’t gush enough about these dogs and this story. You’ll love it!

I gave it:

Five golden rating star


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