Cosmo Zooms
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Cosmo Zooms

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by Arthur Howard
     
 

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All of the dogs who live on Pumpkin Lane are really, really good at something. All of them, that is, except Cosmo. But an afternoon nap in an unusual spot is about to change everything. . . .

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All of the dogs who live on Pumpkin Lane are really, really good at something. All of them, that is, except Cosmo. But an afternoon nap in an unusual spot is about to change everything. . . .

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"Sheer pleasure."--Kirkus Reviews

"Countless books address the issue of building self-esteem by conquering new skills, but few as joyfully as when Cosmo Zooms."--School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
"Howard's illustration talents sustain this sweet but skimpy story of a skateboarding black-and-white miniature schnauzer wearing a red bandana and an eager expression," wrote PW. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Howard's (When I Was Five; the Mr. Putter and Tabby series) illustration talents sustain this sweet but skimpy story of a skateboarding dog. "Every dog on Pumpkin Lane was really, really good at something," from the fleet-footed Afghan hound to the Frisbee-catching terrier to the St. Bernard, Puddles, who "could drool eleven hours in a row without stopping." Only Cosmo, a black-and-white miniature schnauzer wearing a red bandanna and an eager expression, needs to develop a specialty. Cosmo discovers his hidden talent by accidentally falling asleep on a skateboard (which neither he nor the reader sees until it begins to roll). "He tried to step off--and swerved. He tried again--and swooped." Cosmo sidewalk surfs like a pro, wowing all of Pumpkin Lane with his moves. The antic images, sketched in bold black pencil with gouache and watercolor, have the arrested fluidity of animation cels. During Cosmo's wild ride, Howard establishes a sense of motion with blurs of color and rushing, staccato lines. The plot may be familiar, but the six canine characters (and single Siamese cat) exude personality. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Howard demonstrates that simplicity is indeed elegant. Not that the dog named Cosmo is especially elegant quite the opposite but his story is told so straightforwardly, and with such expressive illustrations, that the book completely satisfies. There is nothing special about Cosmo, especially compared to the other dogs that have wonderful and arcane skills such as howling, catching Frisbees, or "drool[ing] eleven hours in a row without stopping." Quite by accident, and to his great surprise, this engaging protagonist discovers that he can skateboard! And so his problem is solved. The watercolor-and-marker illustrations convey action and emotion and have great child appeal. The rhythm of the storytelling and size of the pictures make this appropriate for storytime. Countless books address the issue of building self-esteem by conquering new skills, but few as joyfully as when Cosmo Zooms. Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152047658
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


ARTHUR HOWARD is best known as the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter & Tabby series. He is also the illustrator of Kathi Appelt's Bubba and Beau series and has written and illustrated three other picture books of his own. He lives in New York City.

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Cosmo Zooms 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really cute book for the budding skateboarder, they should really enjoy it. Fast delivery!