I’ve had this book for such a long time, but for some reason, it kept getting pushed back down my reading list. I decided, therefore, that today was the perfect time to finally crack open the cover.

Written in the ‘first K9’, this is a warm and moving story about a 13-year-old golden retriever who is trying to keep his human family together after noticing a widening rift between the parents. It’s a touching, insightful read with themes of friendship, family, love and life, and while it’s a little poignant in places, it’s balanced nicely with humour and K9 wisdom. The bond between Cosmo and his human brother Max is just lovely and grows even stronger as they start to train for a canine freestyle dance competition. It’s perfect for children aged around 8 – 11: a word of warning, though – if readers haven’t currently got a dog, they will be desperate for one by the time they finish the book! ???

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