- Book Style: Storybook for children
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Sunday Comics with a little extra
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Elsa Joseph
- Author’s Page: Elsa Joseph
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon – $7.43 USD
- Social Media Links: N/A
Dylan’s Cosydoze is a story for children all about a frantic search for a Cosydoze. What’s a Cosydoze, you ask? Well, it’s Dylan’s muslin blanket that he sleeps with each and every night.
The book starts off with Dylan getting the news that he and his parents are going to spend the weekend with Dylan’s Grandma. Dylan, like most children, is excited by this and sleeps in the car on the way over. Dylan, his Grandmother, and his parents all have a great day playing, relaxing, and eating. That is, until it’s Dylan’s bedtime and his Cosydoze is lost. From there, we watch the family run all over the place attempting to find the blanket until finally Dylan locates it. When they finally do find his Cosydoze, everyone falls asleep!
There are a few things that I immediately loved about this book. The first being how the author, Elsa Joseph, has written the book. Each page has a set of lines on it and each page is guaranteed to have a rhyme on it. You won’t have to travel far on Kids Fun Channel to find me talking about how great it is to have a rhyming children’s book. It’s great simply because kids retain so much more when the story rhymes and you (I’m assuming you’re reading, parents) can get a bit of a pace and cadence to your reading.
The other thing that I immediately loved about this book is how relate able it is. I don’t know a young child or toddler that didn’t go through a time where they required some item to be able to sleep. Be it a blanket, a toy, a pet, or a parent, children always have something that they need to have in order to sleep; you as the parent just won’t succeed in getting your child to sleep without it. Even the way the story is told puts me back to just a few years ago when my little guy wouldn’t sleep without his muslin blanket(s).
Simply put, the illustrations here remind me of the great Sunday Comics in the newspaper. I love the look and feel of the old-style illustrations here, and I think they add to the story in such a positive way. When you look at the picture below, you can see the chaos and the panic in all of the characters’ faces. I think that’s important, as it drives true understanding into your little one while you read.
This is a pretty easy book for us to recommend. It’s cute, simple, and yet very effective. Parents the world over will be able to relate to the story of Dylan and his lost Cosydoze, as I think we’ve all been there. The way the author has rhymed on every page makes it an easy read and helps with retention in children, and with the cost of an eBook being only $7.43 USD it’s definitely an affordable addition to your bedtime collection!
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!