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Cosmic    by Frank Cottrell Boyce order for
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
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Walden Pond Press, 2010 (2010)

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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Liam is only twelve years old but he's tall and has facial hair. He's teased by other students and expected to act like an adult even by his teachers. He's also in the school's gifted class. Being mistaken for an adult isn't easy for Liam until he learns to use his appearance to have fun.

When someone thinks he's the father of his only friend, Florida, Liam goes with it. Once he's thought to be the new teacher and another time, allows a Porsche dealer to talk him into test driving a new car. His dad spends a great deal of time getting him out of trouble.

When the Greatest Dad Ever Contest comes up, Liam's dad refuses to enter so Liam enters as Florida's father. The prize is a visit to a theme park in China. It takes some misdirection on Liam's part to persuade Florida to go along as his daughter. She doesn't understand that Infinity Park is in China until they arrive there in the sponsor's private Learjet.

Things go from funny to funnier as Liam plots to be the adult chaperone of the first spaceship to take children into space. This witty book will keep parents and children in stitches.

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