BOOKBLOG: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Cosmic: out of this world fun!

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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!”

Cosmic is another one of those lovely books that my teacher friends on twitter are constantly talking about, so being one to love a recommendation (seriously, I love a recommendation, recommend away!) I tottled out and bought this. I didn’t read it immediately: I was in the middle of another book. It did jump up to the top of the list within a week or 2 though. 

Cosmic tells the tale of Liam – a boy who is too tall for his age and people always assume he’s older than he is – he’s a dreamer. His big dream is to go to space. When things go a bit awry in his life and he ends up being mistaken for an adult (through a bit of his own deception) he ends up in that very exciting situation. There’s a chance for him to see that dream come true. Here’s his chance to do that thing he’s dreamed of for ages. There’s just one catch, since he’s believed to be a “dad”, he needs a kid. That’s where his lovely friend Florida comes in. She’s fun, quirky and hilarious. She’s a brilliant character. I really liked her dynamic (and she has a pretty sad story too! I didn’t see it coming!) What ensues is a brilliant tale of friendship, astronaut challenges and family. 

I loved Liam’s perspective. He just seemed like one of those really genuine characters. He wasn’t unreliable. I liked him, I trusted him. I wanted him to succeed. There were certainly moments where I wanted to shout at my book “WHY DID YOU DO THAT?” but overall I think he’s one of the best characters I’ve read this year

This book made me laugh a lot. There were often moments where I caught myself laughing out loud. I can’t wait to put this into the hands of some of my KS2 kids – I know it’s going to be a winner! I can’t wait to read more by this author now too… I have purchased 2 others by him already! 

Have you read Cosmic?
Would you like to be an astronaut? 
What’s on your bucket list?
(Cause I’ll tell you going to space is not one of mine!)

Let me know in the comments, or on twitter! I would love to know what you thought of Liam! As you can tell, I’m a fan!

S x

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