A few years ago I fell hard for Millions, Frank Cotrell Boyce’s first book for children. The outlandish situation (two boys feverishly spending large amounts of money), the characterizations (particularly of the two boys and their father), the subtle handling of the big emotional and theological themes (of grief and faith), the laugh-out-loud humorous moments (my favorite being the playground economy), and the remarkable voice of narrator Damian (the younger of the two boys)...more
In my high school American literature class we were asked to do a book review at the end of the marking period on Good reads. So this quarter I was having a little trouble getting a good book to read, but my brother was reading a book called Cosmic. At first I did not think that this would be a good book for me because it was about science and I’m not that good in science. But after reading this book it showed me a lot about myself, it also showed me how much we ca...more
By Frank Cottrell Boyce
Cottrell Boyce , F. (2010). Cosmic. New York, NY: Walden Pond Press.
1. Science Fiction Junior Book
2. This story is about Liam who is a 12 year old boy who has all the same interests, fear, and dreams as an average 12 year old would have. The thing is Liam could pass for about thirty years old. Throughout the story Liam finds ways to use his physical traits to his advantage and gets away with things that only adults would be able to get away with. Throughout the stor...more
I recently finished Frank Cottrell Boyce's Cosmic.(view spoiler)[ I think it is one of the most comical books I have ever read. It is funny but at the same time just so unreal that it amazes me how creative the author gets. The story is about Liam, a high schooler in England who can pass for thirty because of his height and development of facial hair. His phone company hosts a sweepstakes for dads to take their kids to an "Amusement park" in China , and taking a girl from his school to pose as h...more
"@latestnews: A rocket,launched yesterday fro...more
Liam, a 12-year old kid in the Gifted and Talented program at his school, looks like an adult complete with facial hair, a deep voice, and a man's height. He's a misfit at school but he has fun with his unusual appearance--when the principal mistakes him for a new teacher, for...more
This book completes the 'book with male main character' box on the bingo board. I liked this category because I could sort of relate with the boy in it.
Cosmic is a book about a 12 year old boy who is way too tall for his age and everyone thinks he's a man. This eventually leads to him ending up on a rocket above earth pretending to be a dad, with only his pretend daughter...more
Liam doesn't quite fit in. He is twelve-years-old, but he looks... well... like a dad. A lot of the time, this works to his advantage. On the first day of middle school, his principal thought he was a teacher and introduced him in the school assembly. Once he went to a car dealership, and the salesman almost let him take a Porche out for a test drive.
When Liam finds out he has won a contest to be the first on a brand new thrill ride at an amusement park, he's ecstatic! So what if he has t...more
Well as an elementary school librarian children's literature is my business (and fortunately for me also my passion). My husband is a big gamer and I play with him. So I guess I qualify as that rare (possibly statistically non-existent) double nerd who both reads children's books and plays an online game.
The main char...more
This book is totally cosmic...really. Hilarious. Well-written. Great characterization. Celebration of dads (I mean, c'mon--since when does THAT happen in a middle grades book??). Out-of-this-world adventure (for real). And I am *definitely* bumping Boyce's Millions to the top of the to read pile.
When the book opens, we hear Liam narrating to his cell phone: "Mom, Dad--if you're listening--you know I said I was going to the Sou...more
Liam is a 12 year old who everyone has thought looked much older; he’s tall, has facial hair, and is often thought to look like he is thirty. He manages to get himself and his friend Florida on the first civilian ship to space. This story is about Liam’s journey around the moon.
The idea behind this story is one that I think many students would find intriguing. Here is a young boy passing as an adult and going where no kid had gone before. He is seeing things for the fir...more
2. Summary: Liam, a twelve year old boy, who appears to be much older than that thanks to his extreme height and facial hair growth, has always felt as though he didn’t quite fit into our world. In this unique and fun novel, Boyce writes of Liam’s adventures posing as an adult chaperone for the first space ship traveling into space with all kids!
a. One of the greatest strengths of this title is the use of comparative language to help readers to ga...more
2.Cosmic is the story of one boy’s journey to the moon and back. Posing as his dad, Liam Digby wins a phone contest to an amusement park in China. He takes is good friend, Florida to be his daughter and together they discover that parenting and space travel isn’t as easy as one would expect.
3.A. Point of View B. Cosmic is told from a first person point of view. Liam Digby recounts his adventures as a twelve year old boy who is often mistaken for an adult. C. The story is told in...more
Liam is a twelve year old boy who is so tall that he is often mistaken as an adult. Although he is too big for his boots and other things like his school blazer, Liam has learned to use his height to his advantage, which leads him to being the only adult chaperon on the first ever trip for civilians to space. Liam quickly learns the many responsibilities faced by adults when something goes wrong on the trip.
a.) A major strength of this book is the author’s funn...more
2. Summary: This is the story of Liam, a twelve year old boy who appears to be thirty! Liam has the problem of constantly being mistaken as an adult especially on the first day of school when he was thought to be a teacher. Liam decides to use his appearence to his advantage and become a chaperone on a space mission with his friend Florida acting as his 'daughter.' Liam soon realizes that there is more to being an adult when the spaceship gets stra...more
Cosmic is the story of Liam Digby, a 12-year-old boy who looks like a grown man. Constantly mistaken for an adult, Liam decides to start taking advantage of his ability to blend in with the adult world. His friend Florida agrees to be his 'daughter' and their small scams lead them to a theme park in China. Four child...more
Part of me was thinking, I really should think more about the consequences of my actions. Then this wouldn't happen to me. But another part of me was thinking, This is good.
That is exactly the wrong way round. It's supposed to be more fun being a grown-up. That's why I swapped being a kid for being a dad. What's the point in forfeiting your childhood if all you get for it is filling in forms?
Liam is a pretty typical twelve-year-old in m...more
Truth be told, it's not my type of book, but I liked it anyway. If you know how picky I am about books, that's praise. I don't waste time on books I don't like.
Basic gist: Liam is a 12yo book who is tall for his age, hairy for his age, and smart for his age. All of these work together to get him regularl...more
I totally understand....more
Cottrell Bryce owes a lot to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I say this in the best way possible. One, they're both British. Two, they live for caricature and the funny. Three, their books are just whimsical enough, and serious enough, to hit...more
He learns of an opportunity to be the first to go to a new amusement park. The problem is, you have to be one of the 10 best dads voted to go. He poses as a dad, convinces a semi-friend/acquaintance from school to pose as his daughter, and the 2 embark on an incredible journey. It turns out that the new amusement part is in China (the s...more
In addition to original scripts, Cottrell Boyce has also adapted novels for the screen and written children's fiction, winning the 2004 Carnegie Medal for his debut, Millions, based on his own screenplay for the film of the same name.
His novel Framed was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year as well as the Carne...more