By Carlie Sorosiak
Publication Date: December 24, 2019
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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.
NetGalley provided me with this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review and…wow. This book tugged at my heartstrings and made me cry.
This book is absolutely for anyone who has ever loved a dog. It’s told from the point of view of Cosmo, a thirteen year old Golden Retriever. The narration could not be any cuter as he navigates his struggles as he just tries to love his boy. And…
*****DOES THE DOG DIE SPOILER ALERT COMING UP*****
The goodest boy lives. This is a big deal for me, because I feel like the dog dies in all of the most popular dog books out there (I’m looking at you, Marley & Me). That devastates me every single time.
Between Cosmo’s laugh-out-loud narration, and the ongoing story in the background, you can’t help but get sucked in to rooting for this adorable pup and his best friend, Max, as they learn how to “doggie freestyle,” which is another term for dancing with a dog.
They think they’re doing it in order to never be separated. But, you learn as you read the story, that their bond is so strong, no one would ever want to tear them apart. Cosmo and Max are the ultimate best friends.
This book had a happy ending, and yet I still wanted to run home and hug my puppies all night. It really underlines the close relationship between humans and their pets, as told from the dog’s point of view. It deserves nothing less than five drops from me!
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