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Cosmic [Hardcover]

Frank Cottrell Boyce
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6 Jun 2008
A tall story from Carnegie Medal winning Frank Cottrell Boyce.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 1 edition (6 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405054646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405054645
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Cottrell Boyce, father of seven, is an established British screenwriter whose credits include GOD ON TRIAL, WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, HILARY AND JACKIE and 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE. He lives in Merseyside with his family. Frank's first book, Millions won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 and has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2004. Millions has also been made into a movie directed by Danny Boyle (with a screen-play written by Frank) and was chosen as the Liverpool Reads book for 2005/06.

Frank's second novel, Framed, was published in September 2005. Framed has followed the success of Millions, being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award and the Guardian Prize. It was also selected as a Booked Up title in 2007 and was made into a feature-length drama, broadcast on BBC1 in August 2009 (with a screen-play written by Frank). Frank's third novel, Cosmic, was published in June 2008 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008, the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

In his own words: 'Shortly after leaving university, I had a radio play broadcast and it led to a job at Thames Television (Education Department), where I met Michael Winterbottom who was an editor at the time. We planned to make movies. At the time everyone in England had given up on films. It was after the Goldcrest debacle so it was like saying you wanted to do door-to-door roof thatching or scrimshaw work - a lost art. I supported myself by writing for CORONATION STREET - wonderful fun and the nearest I've ever got to a proper job. Then we made WELCOME TO SARAJEVO and we've made several films since. Other screenplays that I have written include: THE STRANER (nominated for a BAFTA), BUTTERFLY KISS, WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, HILARY AND JACKIE (also nominated for a BAFTA), PANDEMONIUM, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, THE CLAIM, CODE 46, GROW YOUR OWN and MILLIONS.

When I met my wife-to-be, she was planning on becoming a nun. Luckily I managed to persuade her to marry me instead. We now have 7 children, ranging from 24 to five years old and we live in Liverpool.

I can just about remember sitting on the couch with my parents, watching the first men landing on the Moon. We really did think that we were living in the space age and that by the time I had children we would all be able to go on space holidays together. Lots of other amazing things happened instead, of course, but I am still hoping that one day I'll go into space. In the meantime it seemed like it would be fun to go there in my own imagination."

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'Hilarious and ingenious hymn to dadliness and all things dadly...' -- Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn’t all about being a grown-up.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Cosmic Dadliness! 17 Sep 2009
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is a brilliant book for top-end juniors and above. It's the hilarious story of a twelve year old who looks like an adult and so pretends to be one, with the help of his Dad's handbook about "talking to teens". With his friend(/pretend daughter), Florida, he gets chosen for the unlikely task of going into space, the "adult" accompanying four children his own age. This is a great story for girls and boys, light-hearted from beginning to end, and yet there's considerable depth about the value of Dads and the joy of childhood and alittle real information about space, gravity etc. squeezed in too. A cracking story for a Dad to read to his children, or brilliant a father's day gift. I loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted and entertaining tale 14 Mar 2010
By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE
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This book may be aimed at the 9-12 age bracket, but it's capable of being enjoyed by any age. Central character Liam, a boy so tall that people think he's an adult, is an entertaining narrator of the events that ensue when he pretends to be his friend's father, wins a competition, and jets off to China. His friend Florida, posing as his daughter, is to experience space tourism with him and a small group of other children from around the world, but of course it all goes wrong...

Most of the plot focuses around the build up to the launch, with less of the story taking place in space than one might think. The essential theme is the discovery by Liam of what it means to be a parent. Towards the end, he's referring to Florida as 'my daughter' without even thinking about it. The story is amusing and should keep most children, boys and girls, entertained up until the end. Thumbs up from this cynical adult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Children's Book 7 Aug 2009
By K. Wright VINE VOICE
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"Cosmic," is a brilliant book aimed at children aged 9-13. It tells the story of Liam Digby, a very tall 12 year old, who finds there are many benefits of looking like a grown up, including going on all the best theme park rides. He finds that he can pass for an adult and when he wins a competition to go to a once in a lifetime trip to a new space park including a trip in a rocket. The only problem is he has to bring his daughter... and thus ropes in school friend Florida.

The beginning of the book, particularly the worldwide competition reminded me of the "Golden Wonka Bars" in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The other 'chosen children' and in particular the other fathers are similar to those caricatures of the children in the aforementioned Road Dahl story. However Cottrell Boyce has a much more sympathetic and realistic view of humans and so there are grey tones rather than everything being in simplistic black and white.

As Liam takes more responsibility for his daughter Florida he becomes more aware of the things that dads do. It is the subtlety of how Boyce paints the relationships between parents and children that makes this book stand above the rest. Of course in a story about children flying into space there is going to be an element of fantasy and disbelief but it is so well written that it really doesn't matter! Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for everyone 25 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is not just for younger readers, there is fun in here for everyone, whatever your age. I read this book and could see myself (I am a parent) in so many of the things said and done. It made me look at myself through a childs eyes and it brought back memories. It is funny, engaging and clever. There is a lesson at the end but it avoids the tendency to become a tearjerker/sentimentalist wrap. A great book to take a look at what kids think of dads.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Space 20 Dec 2009
By DAZ VINE VOICE
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This book reminded me of a modern day take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The story centres around Liam, who is obsessed with space travel as well as being very old looking for his age. He gets a chance to live his dreams when the slightly mysterious Dr Drax (any relation to Hugo Drax from Moonraker? I wondered), owner of a mobile phone company, launches a competition to find the best father in the world. The winners will get to go with their children to an amazing new theme park.

The next part of the story is very reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with children waiting for a lucky text message rather than a golden ticket to tell them they have won. The eventual winners also resemble some of the caricatures from Roald Dahl's classic. There's Hassan Xanadu, whose father is extremely rich and will buy him anything he wants. Then there is Samson Two, a child genius who knows facts about everything. And finally there is Max Martinet who is number one in everything that he does, and has an extremely pushy dad. In order to win, Liam ends up impersonating his dad and taking his friend Florida as his own child. Florida doesn't really care about anything except for celebrity gossip and fashion.

This is a very entertaining book that also packs some powerful messages in there too, especially about growing up too fast and fatherhood. It has some very funny scenes but is also touching and heartwarming, especially at the end. It also has lots of modern day cultural references - 24-hour Tesco, World of Warcraft, MSN messaging etc.

My only problem was, I had a hard time believing the premise that a twelve year old boy could be mistaken for an adult so much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I thought it was an amazing book and I want to read it again and again! I am definitely going to get other books by this author.
Published 4 months ago by Martha Keegan and Thomas Keegan
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST book I've ever read
Cosmic is so much like a real boy in as real world
going in a spacecraft to the moon
and is so existing
Published 5 months ago by S E T Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer brilliance
A great read for any parent and child or even an adult with a good imagination. I should add I haven't got any kids yet. Lol
Published 8 months ago by Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic
I thought this book was amazing
Pretending to be a dad is hard but going space pretending to be a dad is even harder. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic
I liked this book because it was really adventurous and sort of sad in a way when Florida said she had not got a dad. Great book Frank
Published 13 months ago by Kayleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good item
Very good item. Est recommended and item reached on time. Very good item. Est recommended and item reached on time.
Published 15 months ago by Srihari
5.0 out of 5 stars COSMIC BLAST OFF!!
This book is amazing and completely blew my mind away. It is real page-turner and really got me going. Will twelve-year old Liam Digby ever get back home? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ms. E. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic
As the title suggests this book is cosmic!!!!!! Love this book buy it. It's is well worth the money. So go get it now.
Published 16 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic!
This book was really good and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Even if you think you won't like that sort of book, you will
Published 16 months ago by Emilia Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars This was great
I chose this rating because it was quit good and I like the fact that the12 year old looks like an adult an that ms.sass thought he was a teacher. Read more
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