Liam doesn't fit in. He's always being mistaken for an adult, even though he's only twelve. It's not just because he's really tall; he also has a beard and is quite hairy. It's a real nuisance. But then a mix-up leads him to the chance of a lifetime: riding a rocket into space. Of course, since they think he's a dad, he'll have to act like a dad, and be responsible like a dad, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem. The rocket people have everything under control...right?
This book is hilarious. I loved Frank Cottrell Boyce's style. I listened to the audiobook version, and I think that added an extra dimension to it, because the dialogue is so well-written. Kirby Heyborne, the narrator, was brilliant; he added a sadness, a wistfulness to the story that didn't get in the way of the humour. It was just a great book, all around.
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