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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.
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.'
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.
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.
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
Publication date: 21/02/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 26/03/2015
Publisher: Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||21st February 2019|
|Author:||Frank Cottrell Boyce|
|Publisher:||Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
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 ...More About Frank Cottrell Boyce