Reader Reviewed Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  

Cosmic

Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Comic and cosmic, this is a roller coaster adventure that takes Liam Digby up into space with a handful of other children and their parents. It’s an hilarious journey of discovery as Liam hurtles around the world finding out exactly what makes children and adults different.

The Lovereading Comment: This is the eagerly awaited third novel from an author who has already won and been shortlisted for numerous prestigious awards including the Carnegie with his debut novel Millions and his second novel Framed. This latest triumph is both bittersweet and hilariously down-to-earth. It’s a heart-warming exploration of a father-son relationship in a world where everyone wants to grow up fast, and then stay young forever. A wonderful story about life’s ups and downs.

Reader Reviews

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  • Sidney Greenslade, age 13 - 'Cosmic is an exciting, funny and clever book about a normal boy who's very above-average height leaves him and his friends in danger... in deep, dark, space!'
  • Holly Wilkins, age 13 - 'I liked this book because it was funny and 'outside the box'.  It's a quick and easy read filled with humour, so read this book!'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'A really funny book about a 12 year old boy who is tall for his age and is mistaken for an adult. He pretends to be an adult but it's not as easy as he thinks. I will read more from this author. 10/10.'
  • Finn Rix-Clancy, age 13 - 'Cosmic is a fun book, I really enjoyed it and give it 4 stars out of 5.'
  • Rose spear, age 11 - 'Liam is an ordinary twelve year old boy but how on earth did he end up orbiting the moon? Find out in this amazing book full of adventure and excitement.'
  • Olivia Shaw, age 10 - 'Cosmic is a brilliant book. It’s full of adventure and excitement. All the way through, I just never knew what would happen next!'
  • Stephanie Chaplin, age 12 - 'I loved reading Cosmic and it is definitely one of the best books I have ever read!'

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Synopsis

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

It's one giant leap for all boy-kind in Frank Cottrell Boyce's out-of-this-world story: Cosmic. 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 to 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 space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn't all about being a grown-up. Includes bonus material and discussion questions from Frank Cottrell Boyce, and illustrations by Steven Lenton.

Reviews

Funny, engaging and in the end rather moving. -- Charlie Higson Guardian

A writer of comic genius - he has something of Roald Dahl's magic, but more heart. -- Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce - Author of the Month, April 2016.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is an accomplished, successful and award-winning author and screenwriter. His books have been shortlisted for a multitude of prizes, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Fiction Award (now the Costa Book Award) and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Millions, his debut children's novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2004.

Millions was was later turned into a film by Danny Boyle and it features in the Book Trust’s 100 Best Books List for 9-11 year olds.

Frank is also a successful writer of film scripts and was the official scriptwriter for the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics, playing an important role devising the ceremony with Danny Boyle. He is also a judge for the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition. You can read a great interview with Frank and one of his fellow judge, Francesca Simon here!

He has also created a fantastic trilogy, written with his trademark wit, warmth and sense of story, based upon Ian Fleming's novel, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, comprising Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon.

His novel The Unforgotten Coat won the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

On winning the prize Frank Cottrell Boyce said: “It would be amazing to win this award with any book I'd written but it is a special joy to win it with The Unforgotten Coat, which started life not as a published book at all, but as a gift. Walker gave away thousands of copies in Liverpool - on buses, at ferry terminals, through schools, prisons and hospitals - to help promote the mighty Reader Organisation. We even had the book launch on a train. The photographs in the book, were created by my friends and neighbours - Carl Hunter and Claire Heaney. The story was based on a real incident in a school in Bootle. So everything about it comes from very close to home - even though it's a story about Xanadu!

“Being shortlisted for the Guardian Prize gives you a particularly warm glow because it is awarded by a panel of your fellow authors. Past winners include my childhood heroes - Alan Garner, Leon Garfield, Joan Aiken - and contemporary heroes like Mark Haddon, Geraldine McCaughrean and Meg Rosoff.”

He lives with his family in Liverpool.

You can find out a bit more about him and his Chitty Chitty Bang Bang triology at uk.chittyfliesagain.com

And see the video below for some top tips for writing your own story, taken from the BBC Radio 2 500 Words web page.

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Paperback
384 pages

Author

Frank Cottrell Boyce
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Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

26th March 2015

ISBN

9781447265566

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