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Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he's the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force defying Cosmic rollercoaster - or be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into s...more
Paperback, Large Print, 326 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published July 30th 2008)
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Close your eyes. Lean back. Take a breath. Now think. Think about the books you read when you were a child. Think about the ones you loved. The ones you still think about sometimes. The ones that encouraged you to consider the world around you.

Got them in your head? Great. Now just pluck out for me the ones that took place in outer space. Go on. I can wait.

What’s that? You can’t think of any significant children’s books that took place in space? Would The Little Prince count? I guess so, but th...more
Monica Edinger
Jun 23, 2008 Monica Edinger rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Monica by: Kelly
Here's my blog post:

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
This story is truly cosmic. Cottrell really has a great sense of humor and writes in a way that made me laugh out loud. The main character Liam is easy to relate to, even if you're not a 12 year old bearded boy. Even though it is not likely that a middle school boy can pose as an adult and get launched into space on a crazy mission, I was so absorbed in the story that I believed it could happen!
Lisa the Librarian
Feb 23, 2012 Lisa the Librarian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: 3-6th graders - especially boys
Recommended to Lisa by: Molli Craghead
I think the author was counting on the fact that nerds from different factions don't mix. Meaning that reader nerds don't play online games and gamer nerds don't read kids' novels.

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
I read this book aloud to my nine year old daughter and Cosmic was in parts 'totally cosmic'.

This was a strange book, the main character is a 12 yo boy who is very tall, has some facial hair and often gets confused as an adult. The characters are from a small town called Bootle in England, which is somewhere near Liverpool I believe. So I needed to watch a bit of Red Dwarf to practice my Liverpudlian accent before we started. The young lad enters a competition with Drax World, a mobile phone co...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I've had this ARC sitting on my shelf for a few months now, and if I'd known how much fun it would be and how much I'd like it, I would have read it as soon as I got it. But it's a new author for me, and the blurb didn't make it sound all that interesting. Since this North American edition is due out early next year, I thought I should probably get reading. And it turned out to be just what I needed: a funny, laugh-out-loud, wistful and rollicking ride that reminded me at times of Roald Dahl (mo...more
Jun 12, 2012 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Grades 5th-7th
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It's a coincidence I began this on the night of the lunar eclipse, or maybe I just have space on the brain? Actually, not really. It's up to me to note books that get stars from major trade publications, and this book has a whopping SIX.

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
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
Lamont Whiteside
Good reads book Review- cosmic
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
THIS WAS FABULOUS! It got off to a slow start, then turned into something reminiscent of Roald Dahl (there's even a bit where two characters are in the BFG play, Danny the Champion of the World-esque, then it turns into something even more reminiscent of Roald Dahl a la Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and then it becomes its own creation with thoroughly understated but EXCELLENT theology. If you want to find the theology, it's there, but it's well-hidden, reminding me of Narnia. There are so...more
Liam Digby, a 12-year-old who looks older and is often mistaken for an adult, wins a contest to go into outer space with his "daughter" and school friend Florida. The flight is sponsored by Drax Communications, which sounds like a big company that produces Smartphone apps and games and wants to branch out into theme parks. The winners of the contest, 4 dads and their kids, are taken to China where Drax Communications and Dr. Dinah Drax, the mastermind, are building a huge theme park in the middl...more
So have you ever felt like a book was trying too hard? That's how I felt about this book, like it was just trying waaay too hard. It was too over the top, required me to suspend belief too much and too often and it tried too hard to be funny. I felt like if some of it had been toned down, I might have lived with it but there were just too many too's.

Liam is a 12 year old boy that already looks like an adult, in fact he looks old enough to be mistaken for a father. He and his friend Florida, fre...more
Marjorie Ingall
Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome. Cosmic, in fact. Funny, odd, sweet, vivid...and the ending is perfect perfection. (Obligatory plot summary: Very tall World-of-Warcraft- and amusement-park-ride-loving 12-year-old pretends to be a Dad so he can scam his way onto a slick corporate-sponsored space ride. Chaos ensues.) Josie and Maxie loved this book so much all I had to do to get them to bed was yell WHO WANTS C...more
Sherie Tamura
This book was great. The premise sounds ridiculous...when it starts, the author is writing a letter to his folks, explaining he will probably never see them again as he is lost in a rocket ship in space. However, the rest of the book is the back story of how a 12 year old, who looks like a 30 year old, managed to fool everyone into thinking he was a dad, winning a contest for the ultimate ride, and ending up in charge of a bunch of geniuses in a rocket ship. Highly entertaining especially since...more
Cosmic follows the adventure of a 12-year-old boy named Liam, who looks older than he actually is. He uses this to his advantage and gets himself and his friend Florida onto what he thinks is going to be the ultimate amusement park ride--and what turns out to be a rocket into space. He enters a contest for dads and their kids, pretending to be Florida's father. But is Liam up to the challenge of being a dad, of being responsible for kids his own age?

This was a quick, enjoyable read. I read it in...more
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Jul 08, 2012 Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Wendy, Dawn
This has been one of my favorite books of the year. Hysterically funny, yet very heartwarming. A book about dads, and about humor and survival, too. The voice was dead-on; I felt like the author had followed my 11YO son around and taken notes. This makes a great read-aloud, too, if you have older kids like mine who still love to be in a story together with you.
Quick and dirty review:
Cosmic is laugh-out-loud funny and poignant all at once. Boyce has a gift for taking an extremely quirky, original premise, one that you think would just be played just for laughs, and sneaking in weighty themes and just enough heartfelt drama and character growth that you are surprisingly moved by the end of it.
What a great book -- thanks Carey for the great recommendation! My husband read it, and now I'm getting my almost 10-yr-old to read it, and even recommended our librarian read it to the 5th graders. It was such a well-told story with a lot of heart and humor. Great for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for sure!
I've been reading a lot of books with my son lately and this one is the best we've read in a long time by far. It's funny, it's creative, it's surprisingly poignant, it's smart, it's clever and it's consistently surprising.
Oh, yes, it's cosmic: a book with a totally believable voice and a wildly unbelievable plot. And it doesn't leave you feeling like you ate cotton candy. Wise and funny and wonderful.
Saleena Davidson
Cosmic is one that was recommended to me by several sources, and I finally got to it...and quite enjoyed it! Liam is a little kid who has developed early so is constantly getting mistaken for an adult. Boyce takes this into a comic turn when he allows Liam and his "daughter" (really a classmate that he talks into posing as his daughter) end up on a space mission.....and because Liam is the "adult supervision" when things go wrong, it's up to him to try and fix it while trying to act like the adu...more
Loved it! Laughed out loud and was in happy tears at the end. Will give to Samuel (almost 9) for sure. Thanks Carey!
Laura Gardner
Awesome!!!! Can't wait to booktalk this one like crazy next year. Willy Wonka meets Apollo 13 meets major fun.
Ms. Foley
Very funny at the beginning and then it turns serious--awesome story throughout!
5 star rating from the whole family. Read it and then watch Apollo 13 with the kids. :)
Liam has always been tall for his age, and because of this, many people assume that he is older than just twelve-years-old. What starts as a fun game of pretending he is the father to classmate Florida, turns into a real mess when the two find themselves in outer space!

This chapter book was so much fun! I have this fantastic picture in my head of what Liam must look like; tall and gangly and misunderstood. He always has adults telling him he should know better, but in reality, he is just a tall...more
Gilbert Patten-Elliott
I decided to read this book because I got given it to ages ago and I remember it being awesome so I decided to read it again.
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
Richie Partington
16 June 2010 COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce, HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press, January 2010, 320p., ISBN: 978-0-06-183683-1; Libr. ISBN: 978-0-06-183686-2

"Floating free as a bird
Sixty foot leaps it's so absurd
From up here you should see the view
Such a lot of space for me and you"
-- Ray Thomas

"So I turned the key in the ignition. The car made a sound like a cat purring. The man stepped aside and pointed to the bonnet. 'Engineering perfection.' He smiled."It is at the moment, I thought. But in fiv...more
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Frank Cottrell Boyce is a British screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor.

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
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