Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Please join me in welcoming author A.J. Cosmo to Hello, My Name Is Alice! 


What advice would you give budding writers?
Be determined, persistent, and expect nothing from anyone. Give more than you get. Be respectful. Write as much as you can. Assume you are not an expert and be willing to sit and learn. Do not disrespect success, even if you think that the writing is trash. Do not ignore the commercial aspect of writing; it's a fact of life. If you are "thinking" about becoming a writer and can see yourself doing anything else, do that instead. Writers don't write because they thought it sounded neat, we do it because we have to and most of the time we don’t understand why. To face this type of heartbreak, you have to be driven by a compulsion.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
I tend to call my writer's block "writer's doubt" because it's not so much the lack of an idea that stops me but the perception that I'm wasting my time. I get paralyzed with the fear that you can spend such tremendous energy on a project only to have it met with a shrug. Unfortunately, that is the plight of our craft and we have to push on regardless. If I truly get stuck on a particular idea, I find it best to switch gears to something else. Usually the solution to the problem comes when you are working on something completely counter to the original issue.

What is the last great book you’ve read?
Let's see, for adult fiction that has to be "The Martian" by Andy Weir. That book is so well researched and described that it feels like a memory after you read it. As for Juvenile fiction, that has to be "A wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. I can't believe I looked over this book as a child. It has to be one of the most creative and inventive sci-fi tales of the last century.

Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.
I play a limited amount of video games, read as much news as I can, and am the only children's book author I know of who works out at the gym five times a week.

What is your next project?
I'm working on a middle-school novel called "Soaked" about a boy that stands up to a bully only to have a bounty placed on his head by said bully. Suddenly our hero is faced with an entire neighborhood out to get him and the fight triggers a massive water balloon war.


Something was eating my socks.

I would go through two pairs of socks every day: One pair I wore to school and one pair for soccer practice.

Every morning I would wake up and one or two of my dirty socks would be gone.

The Monster That Ate My Socks by A.J. Cosmo is a cute story for kids with cute illustrations of the monster and his offspring. The story is simple and can be easily understood by children especially it is so imaginative. Imagine monsters that eat socks! And not just any socks but the dirtier they are, the more delicious they become to the monsters!

There are lessons to be learned, and in this story the children manage the outcome of the lives of these monsters. Max and his friend, Ryan have to decide the best course of action once they discover the truth about these creatures. They also have to take into consideration the situation at home with Max's mother. He simply cannot afford to lose more socks.

The story held my attention and because I'm reading it as an adult, I tend to analysis it. For a child, I believe he or she would like it very much as-is. It has a good home and school setting, the characters are interesting and the plot is good.

I just wished that there are more illustrations because they are so nice and there are not many of them in the book. I also have an issue with the bad homework (since it is a part of the solution) but because it also triggers Ryan to want to do better at school, I will leave it as that. Taking it positively, this could potentially be a good point of creative discussion with your young readers.

The story ends at page 26. The rest of the book features a "Lesson Planner" by Martin Tiller at the end of it, so adults can discuss the book with their children or with those under their care.

Book Synopses: A young boy, who is about to be grounded for going through so many socks, discovers that a monster has been eating them.

Max is a young boy who is constantly getting in trouble for his socks disappearing. He doesn’t know where they go, but he does know that if he doesn’t do something quickly his mom will ground him for summer. Max soon discovers that a little green monster is sneaking into his room at night and eating his sweaty socks. His mother, of course, doesn't believe him, so Max calls on his best friend to come for a sleepover to catch the monster.

They devise a trap and capture the monster only to learn that the creature can speak. It hasn’t meant to cause any harm, it's just trying to feed its family. The monster shows them his home and his three little children and begs the boys not to turn them over to the adults. Adults, he says, want to destroy monsters.

The boys are left in a pickle. Allow the monsters to be and get grounded, or turn the monsters in knowing what will happen to them? Neither idea seems good, so they come up with a new plan!

A.J. Cosmo's stories are crafted to help parents teach their children simple everyday lessons in an easy to understand manner. By artfully marrying beautiful illustrations and language, children are challenged to explore his magical worlds. Written for the transitional reader, A.J.'s stories allow your child to develop and master a new level of reading.

Connect with A.J.: Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

Where to buy the book: Amazon

Many thanks to Laura Fabiani from iRead Book Tours for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. Please visit the other blogs for the iRead book tour for The Monster Who Ate My Socks for more reviews and giveaways.