Spoiler/Not Spoiler: Cosmo does not die, so now you can enjoy his wonderful story.
I, Cosmo is a ‘woof-tastically’ heart-warming story, full of life, heart and humour which will appeal to any dog-lover, adult or child. Telling the story from the perspective of Cosmo, the 13-year old family golden retriever, is genius! The tone is conversational and authentic: I can really imagine that this is exactly how a dog sees himself within a loving family. Cosmo is wise, humorous, devoted and loves ‘doggedly’. I’ll let Cosmo explain the last one himself:
“There is a word I’ve learned in my twelve years: doggedly. It means “with persistence and full effort.” Humans attribute this to a dog’s stubbornness – our refusal to give up chewy sticks, the way we freeze in the doorway when it rains. But really, it’s the way we love, with our whole hearts, no matter the circumstance. I vowed to protect Max – and my family – doggedly, for the rest of my life.
Cosmo has been bought as a puppy by the family, shortly before the birth of their first son Max, who has a heartfelt bond with Cosmo, each being the other’s champion and best friend. One of the aspects which really engaged me in this story was how Cosmo reminisces about his life with his family, recalling many humorous and heart-warming moments. This makes the family break-down in the ‘present’ of the book all the more poignant. Cosmo is told by the children’s Uncle Reggie to: “Protect their hearts.” And he does so, with all his heart.
I fell in love with Cosmo for a two main reasons: his devotion and sensitivity towards his family, and especially to Max, which is wonderfully depicted; and, his sharp, witty observations which permeate the story, lending it many humorous moments.
Humans can learn many lessons from Cosmo’s honesty and wisdom, and from his love of old movies and dancing! Indeed, dancing is pivotal in his attempt to save his family and avoid separation from Max. The courage, perseverance and devotion shown by Cosmo, despite his own afflictions due to age, is genuinely touching.
My favourite quote, which I think will resonate with many is:
“…I do believe that, with the right human by your side, it’s possible to leap fearlessly into the unknown.”
Will Cosmo, with his dancer’s soul, be able to save his family? Will he become a movie star? Will he remain with Max, his best friend? Will he defeat his nemesis the sheepdog? So many questions, so wonderfully answered in this exceptional story, with the most uplifting, hopeful ending. Just perfect!
Thank you to Nosy Crow for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.