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I, Cosmo    by Carlie Sorosiak order for
I, Cosmo
by Carlie Sorosiak
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Walker, 2019 (2019)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Aging golden retriever Cosmo tells readers all about life with the family to whom he is devoted, from his own perspective. Though he loves the entire family, Cosmo is closest to twelve-year-old Max and can't bear it when his charge is unhappy. At thirteen, Cosmo feels like an older brother to Max.

Unfortunately, Mom and Dad (Zora and David Walker) seem to be arguing constantly, making both Max and his small sister Emmaline sad. Max is particularly anxious that he might be separated from Cosmo if his parents split up. What to do?

Cosmo associates the family's happiest moments with dancing together and is a big fan of the movie Grease. So, when Uncle Reggie suggests that Max and Cosmo take classes in canine freestyle together and enter a statewide competition, both Max and Cosmo are excited.

Boy and dog see winning the competition (and winning a movie role) as a way to ensure that they're never ever separated. They practice very hard and do their best, but Cosmo is not a young dog any more. Still, they do make clear that they belong together and Cosmo makes a new friend.

As well as the family dynamics from an amusing canine perspective, readers share Cosmo's intense dislike of a neighborhood sheepdog, and his coming to terms with those feelings. I, Cosmo is a heartwarming read.

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