Sunday, August 28, 2011

Spooktacular Sunday: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Anna here~This was one of the books I won from Walden Pond Press and I absolutely adored reading it. Guess what? So did my kids! As a parent I know how hard it can be to find a book that can engage your children long enough to sit still and stop watching TV or playing video games. In my experience that is especially difficult with boys. Anyone else have a preteen boy in the house? Then you know what I mean. I highly recommend Cosmic to boys in that age group and know they will laugh out loud at some of Liam's antics. The review was done mainly by our YA/Childrens' reviewer, with my own thoughts added in. Like a two-for-one combo.

Book Description:

Liam has always felt a bit like he's stuck between two worlds. This is primarily because he's a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he's about thirty. Sometimes it's not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it's just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It's not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again—only this time he's 239,000 miles from home.
Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions and Framed, brings us a funny and touching story of the many ways in which grown-upness is truly wasted on grown-ups.

Do you ever feel like you aren’t really a kid, but not really an adult either? Well Liam does. He's twelve, but is always mistaken for being my thirty. This doesn’t always make his life easy. Who knew having facial hair or being so tall could be such a problem? Kids think he is strange, adults never believe that he is a kid, and everyone expects Liam to act a certain way. Eventually he learns to use this problem to his benefit, as all clever children do. 
He is mistaken for a teacher and leads his school to an assembly he thinks is funny. He convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. Best of all, he wins a contest and is able to be the adult chaperone on a trip into outer space with a bunch of kids. This trip sounds like it is going to be great until things start to go a little off and Liam is faced with a bunch of hysterical kids. Finally Liam and the group of kids touch down on the Moon, play some games, and collect Moon rocks.  Then they are able to head for home. Of course, once home nobody believes that they were in outer space and hold to the fact that they went to a special camp for Gifted Kids.  Will anyone ever believe Liam’s fantastic tale?
This book was terrific for any reader that is looking for an adventure or likes stories about space. It was a  fantasy world of space travel with a bunch of kids in control. The story is told through Liam's eyes who is taking voice notes on his phone so that someday he can tell this fantastic story, or if his dad ever checks the voice messages on the phone he might be able to figure out where Liam really is.  Cosmic had many comical parts, because who would ever believe that a twelve year old could pass for thirty, and when Liam started to use this for his own benefit it was fun to glimpse all the things he did. I'd imagine that most boys his age would be quite jealous about the test drive and going to space. And what child doesn't sometimes wish that they could be the adult and make all the decisions? Great read for anyone looking for a little out of this world adventure. Totally Cosmic!
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1 comment:

Rain Maiden said...

I was looking for a book for my son and this looks great. He is not a big reader but this looks entertaining. Thanks for the post.