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Cosmic

Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Illustrated by Steven Lenton

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LoveReading View on Cosmic

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008 and the Carnegie Medal 2008

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.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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What the Carnegie Award judges said:  'Frank Cottrell Boyce has a wonderful ear for dialogue and is a master of comic pathos. The off-the-wall humour and comic language he employs here makes this a very funny book. He manages to make a bizarre premise seem quite plausible, the characters develop well and the result is an astute and profound book about childhood and the father-son relationship.'

Cosmic Synopsis

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.

This edition of Cosmic includes bonus material and discussion questions from Frank Cottrell Boyce and features fantastic new cover artwork from Steven Lenton.

Cosmic Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • 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!'

Cosmic Press Reviews

Five-laughs-a-page, fall-off-the-chair funny. - Mail on Sunday

An exciting, funny story that you don't want to put down. -- Jemima Simm, aged 11 - First News

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

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

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ISBN: 9781529008777
Publication date: 21/02/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 26/03/2015
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Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 03/07/2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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Publication date: 06/06/2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529008777
Publication date: 21st February 2019
Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Illustrator: Steven Lenton
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Frank Cottrell Boyce

A World Book Day Author 2019 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 ...

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