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Cosmo zooms
Howard, Arthur.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm
Cosmo the dog discovers a special talent when he accidentally takes a nap on a skateboard.
Reading Level:
AD 180 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 2124.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 1 Quiz: 24952 Guided reading level: J.
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All of the dogs on Pumpkin Lane are really, really good at something--all of them, that is, except Cosmo. But when he mistakenly lies down on a skateboard, his afternoon nap turns into a wild, thrilling ride. And Cosmo discovers that he does indeed have one very special talent. Arthur Howard's humorous, tenderhearted story and lively watercolors of Cosmo and friends are sure to zoom into readers' hearts.

Author Notes

Arthur Howard created the lively illustrations for all of the Mr. Putter & Tabby books and has written and illustrated several picture books of his own. He lives in New York City."

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. All the dogs on Pumpkin Lane are good at something, whether it's running, howling, catching a Frisbee, herding, or drooling. Unfortunately, Cosmo, a black-and-white pooch reminiscent of Gene Zion's Harry the Dirty Dog, has some trouble finding his niche. After settling down for a nap one day and noticing the scenery around him flying by, he discovers that he is lying on a moving skateboard. He continues careening downward until the inevitable crash (into the hydrangeas) in front of all his impressed pals. Howard has clearly spent time noting canine behavior, and young children are sure to identify with Cosmo's insecurities and eventual success. The watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations pick up the story's subtle humor, and the succinct text ensures popularity for story hours. Pair this with Robert Kraus' Leo the Late Bloomer (1971), another portrayal of delayed success. --Kay Weisman

Publisher's Weekly Review

"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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.