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Super-sized Liam is the only 12 year old to ever ride the G-force defying Cosmic rollercoaster - or be offered the chance to ride 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 space.
Paperback, Large Print, 326 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published May 15th 2008)
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Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Monica Edinger
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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)
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
for fiction club, children's books group

What a hoot! Easy to suspend disbelief despite ridiculous premise. Mostly funny, both clever and slapstick. Also some tender & wise & exciting bits. So glad I was alerted to this; hope to read more by the author.
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
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
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
Lisa the Librarian
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This is a middle-grade book, about a boy who is a lot taller than he supposed to be since he's only 12 years old! Then he went on a space ride! That's all I can say about this book. This book is funny, I laughed out loud a few times. It's funny when people mistaken him as an adult, and he did some pretty crazy but cool stuff because of this. And of course, he did get himself into trouble because of this. I think Liam's character developed a lot, especially the second half of the book. He've grow ...more
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween
This book was enjoyable enough, but didn't quite make it for me. Too much "Golly, gee, I have to act like an adult".
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, I didn't love it. It was entertaining and for the most part held my attention, but there were places where I got bored. It wasn't because of a slow pace, or Mr. Boyce's writing style--both were good--it was because I never really liked the protagonist and I had zero interest in his goal. This was partly due to the fact that I was unsure of his goal for most of the book. The story had a tendency to ramble directionless. My impression was that Mr. Boyce was trying to emulate Terry Prat ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book it was a little of a slow start but amazing in the middle. I was really addicted to this book and the plot. I recommend this book to who likes sci fi and anyone 9+because of the vocabulary might be advanced for some younger kids.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Grace Gotelaere
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great book. I loved the characters and the whole story behind him going to space.I really enjoyed this book and I hope everyone who reads it does too.
Kieran Fanning
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first discovered Frank Cottrell Boyce through his movie, Millions. I later went on to read the book which was very good but somehow, for me, failed to live up to the movie. Framed however blew me away. When I finish a book I like to rate it out of 5 and this book was definitely *****. The hilarious story is a family drama set in a small Welsh town, where nothing ever happens. Until the day the entire contents of the National Gallery are moved into the local slate mine for safe keeping while Lo ...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
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 5th-7th
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Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so hilarious and funny. I read this quite a long time ago and LOVED IT! you should defiantly read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This was really fun! It is humorous and made me laugh a number of times.

A boy named Liam is very tall for his age (12). He also has facial hair and he is gifted and talented. This combination leads many to mistake him for an adult. And he begins to take advantage of that fact. Through a series of events, he wins a contest to be one of the first 4 to go on a brand new amusement park ride...he and his daughter (as they think he is an adult and a dad). It turns out this "ride" is actually going to
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laurie, Kari, Carrie
Shelves: middle-grade
I picked this up on a whim because it was mentioned in another book I read. What a delight! Books about space travel aren't usually my top choice, but about half of this is back story about how the 12 year old boy got into space.

I thought this book was just . . . cosmic! I laughed out loud several times. I love the funny situations Liam got himself into. This would be a really fun book to read with kids!

I love the sentiment about dads and their roles in kids' lives. I want to give this book to
Marjorie Ingall
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grownups
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
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I enjoyed this book. The problem is I read it just after reading two exllcent books so this one pale in comparsion. Nothing wrong with it - just not as great as the last two.

It was a fun book with some good humor and nice points to make about fathering. I had a bit of trouble with how the voting worked out for the Dad contest but, that could be because of The Bystander. I know some of the ideas of The Bystander was overshadowing this book. So, I would have to say for the audience this book could
Sherie Briggs
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Georgia Morris
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a strange one for me to review. I'm happy that I read it in the fact that it is of a completely different genre to anything I usually read. It is definitely useful to bare in mind given that my knowledge of books to recommend to boys is limited, and this book undeniably has features which would appeal more to boys.

However for me personally this book was just too far fetched and on an enjoyment level I didn't get much out of it.

It would open up interesting discussions of what it means t
Lozzi Counsell
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Do I have to read this book?' I grumbled to my lecturer. Out of all the set books we have, this is the one I really didn't want to read. For starters I thought it was a book only a little boy could enjoy, but I was informed that it was compulsory for me to read the book, so I did. This book has taught me to never judge a book by its cover (The cliche is so true!) because I really enjoyed it and the ending left me with a big smile on my face.
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Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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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
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“We walked on the moon. We made footprints somewhere no one else had ever made footprints, and unless someone comes and rubs them out, those footprints will be there forever because there’s no wind.” 12 likes
“There are more stars than there are people. Billions, Alan had said, and millions of them might have planets just as good as ours. Ever since I can remember, I’ve felt too big. But now I felt small. Too small. Too small to count. Every star is massive, but there are so many of them. How could anyone care about one star when there were so many spare? And what if stars were small? What if all the stars were just pixels? And earth was less than a pixel? What does that make us? And what does that make me? Not even dust. I felt tiny. For the first time in my life I felt too small.” 12 likes
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