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Oliver's Great Big Universe

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"A joy to read.`

-Carlo Rovelli

"Mind-expanding and hilarious!`

-Jeff Kinney


Cosmos meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid in this original illustrated middle-grade fiction series that blends science with narrative from Jorge Cham, the Emmy-nominated creator of PHD Comics.




Reviews

Named a Best Book Of the Year by Kirkus, Science Friday, and Book Riot!

"Mind-expanding and hilarious. I got smarter reading this!"
- Jeff Kinney, author of the international bestselling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid

"A stellar confluence of comic episodes and cosmic information. Brilliantly integrated comic moments [and] surprising plot twists add narrative pizzazz to a serious raft of data about the universe."
- Kirkus, Starred Review

"Smart, endearing series that’s fun to read and is also packed with science content. Middle school, asteroids, family and friend drama — it’s all here."
- Book Riot

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans, rejoice—this comics/prose hybrid follows a budding young astrophysicist as he makes everything from the Big Bang theory to dark matter readily accessible to a middle-grade audience."
- Science Friday

"Prepare for liftoff! This is exactly the sort of book that can turn reluctant readers into lifelong learners. An absolute gem!"
- Lincoln Peirce, bestselling creator of Big Nate and Max & the Midknights

"Such a pleasure to read a book about the universe that is overflowing with both fun and facts. I wish I had this book when I was Oliver's age."
- Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture

"Funny and heartwarming! This book will get the entire family laughing and learning together.”
- Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the New York Times bestselling Amulet graphic novel series



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About The Author

Jorge is the best-selling and Emmy-nominated creator of "PHD Comics", the popular ongoing comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. He is the Creative Director and co-creator of the celebrated animated series Elinor Wonders Why, which airs on PBS Kids and in 78 countries around the world. He is the co-author of the award-winning book We Have No Idea (and its follow-up FAQ-U), and the co-host of the iHeart Radio show Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. He is also the co-founder of PHDtv, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and the co-author of the upcoming book Out of Your Mind.

Jorge earned his Ph.D. in Robotics from Stanford University and was an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech from 2003-2005. He is originally from Panama.

In the Media

Oliver's Great Big Universe was selected as a Best Book of the Year in several lists, including Kirkus, Science Friday, and Book Riot!

The book was featured in The Week Junior and SMORE Magazine. Read Jorge's essay in Publisher's Weekly about using humor to make STEM accessible and engaging. Check out Jorge's interview with School Library Journal (feauring a bonus original comic!). And read an original two-page spread comic that Jorge made for Scout Life Magazine. Jorge talked about Teleportation in the Mysteries of Science podcast.

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International Editions!

Oliver's Great Big Universe is being translated to 15 languages (and counting!). Find your local publisher below:

TerritoryLanguagePublisher
BrazilPortugueseEditora Rocco
China (Mainland)Chinese (simplified)United Sky
CroatiaCroatianZnanje
FranceFrenchEditions Larousse
GreeceGreekMetaichmio
ItalyItalianDeAgostini
JapanJapaneseAsunaro
Latin AmericaSpanishOceano
NetherlandsDutchPelckmans
PolandPolishOtwarte
RomaniaRomanianBookzone
RussiaRussianMann-Ivanov-Ferber (MIF)
South KoreaKoreanMirae N
SwedenSwedishB. Wahlströms Bokförlag
TurkeyTurkishIndigo Kitap
U.K., Australia, CommonwealthEnglishSimon and Shuster
United States and CanadaEnglishAbrams


The Great Big Universe
* School Visit Tour! *

The Great Big Universe

* School Visit Tour! *

Oliver's Great Big Universe

Jorge is touring elementary schools, science museums, book festivals, universities and more!

To have Jorge visit your school or institution, please e-mail
jorge@phdcomics.com




Testimonials!

" Jorge Cham was just amazing. He made all the kids want to study the universe and beyond. Kids are still talking about him. "
- Ms. Kona, School Librarian, Magnolia Elementary, Upland, CA

" Super relatable and exciting. The kids can't wait to get their hands on the book. "
- Ms. Bellbottomly, Teacher, Mountain Av. Elementary, La Crescenta, CA

" Jorge Cham's presentation was awesome, brilliant and engaging. "
- Ms. Nunn, 3rd grade Teacher, Atkinson Elementary, Portland, OR

" Super interactive. The kids were very excited, there was a line of 100 kids who wanted to get his autograph. "
- Mr. Keefer, Principal, Vernon School, Portland, OR

" Highly engaging, it was a great opportunity for us. The kids formed core memories they'll remember forever. "
- Ms. Sylvester, School Librarian, Faubion School, Portland, OR

" Book it. So much fun, it was amazing and mind-boggling. All the kids loved it. "
- Ms. Hilton, School Librarian, Atkinson Elementary, Portland, OR

" Super engaging. We tricked kids into learning about math and science! I now have a list a mile long of readers that want to check out the book. "
- Ms. B., school librarian, George Middle School, Portland, OR

" It was wonderful. The kids were so interested to learn about the Universe. Jorge was very engaging, he drew them right in with humor, drawings and having kids be a part of the story with cartoons of them. He hooked and inspired them while teaching them real facts. It was very multi-sensory, and the kids were very focused. "
- Ms. Martin, Reading Specialist, North Scituate Elementary, Scituate, RI

" Dr. Jorge's visit to our school was engaging, hilarious, and incredibly informative, too! He knew just what to share with a middle school audience (comparing the ever-expanding universe to a fart? Brilliant.) and kept students on the edge of their seats with live sketches and mind-blowing facts. What impressed me most was his ability to connect with such a vast variety of students. As a writer, he shared about the process of becoming an author, which our literary-minded students loved. WIth his live-time drawings, he captured the attention of our visual artists. And through his approachable connections to scientific concepts, he engaged our aspiring scientists. Thank you, Dr. Jorge! "
- Ms. Mahrt, Teacher Librarian, Beaumont Middle School, Portland, OR

" We were so fortunate to have a visit from author/illustrator Jorge Cham at our library. Jorge had our diverse group of students and faculty riveted with his comedic approach to explaining the universe, and we learned a ton! Jorge discussed his book, "Oliver's Great Big Universe" and we explored the nuances of the Big Bang, the Milky Way, the speed of light, and more. The students were mesmerized, and they now eagerly await Jorge's next Great Big Universe adventure with Oliver and Co. We love Jorge's approach to storytelling, and the clever ways that his character, Oliver, infuses both scientific fact and humor into such an endearing adventure story. "
- Ms. Donahue, Library Media Specialist, Hennigan K-8 School, Jamaica Plain, MA

" It was fantastic. Dr. Cham had them spellbound. We'd love to have him come back for his next book. "
- Ms. O'Dwyer, Librarian, The Condon K-8 School, Boston, MA

" The kids were highly engaged and laughing. It was right up their alley. You could see the wheels turning in their heads. I can't wait to get Dr. Cham's book in our class library."
- Ms. Town, Teacher, Becker Elementary, Austin, TX

" It was VERY entertaining. Kids loved the humor. It got them more excited about science. "
- Ms. Condron, Librarian, Cook Elementary, Austin, TX

" Such a phenomenal speaker. He had them hanging from every word. "
- Ms. Burton, librarian, Murch Elementary, Washington DC

" I've seen a lot of author visits and this was really special. Really unique and engaging, I especially liked how Dr. Cham drew the students in and made them a part of the story. "
- Ms. Hamm, librarian, Eaton Elementary, Washington, DC

To have Jorge visit your school or institution, please e-mail
jorge@phdcomics.com

Kid Testimonials!

" I finished the book, and I loved it! In my entire collection of books, yours is by far my favorite. I especially loved the fact that it was full of fun facts. "
- Annabelle

" Thank you for coming! I LOVE Oliver’s Great Big Universe! Your book is one of the BEST books I’ve ever read! "
- Zoe

" Thank you for coming to our school. I love Oliver’s Great Big Universe because Oliver loves space and the Universe. I love the Universe, too! "
- Isaac

" Dear Mr. Cham: I am probably your biggest fan. Thank you for coming to our school. I love how much you know about the Universe. When you were telling us about the sizes of things in the Universe, I nearly fainted. "
- Penelope

" It was a fun time! It is my favorite book. I loved the presentation. I can’t wait to tell my parents all about it! "
- Amelia

" Wow! Just wow! That presentation was amazing! I just loved it. I am so excited for your next book! "
- Miko

" Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to come and teach us about the Universe! Your presentation about space was out of this world! When I was younger, I thought space was boring. But because of you, I know how interesting space really is! So thank you, Mr. Cham. You can come back anytime you want! "
- Pearl

" I love your book!! I love everything about it! When our teacher read it, I was smiling from ear to ear! I also loved your presentation because your drawings are amazing and I think you’re really, really smart. "
- Emma

" I loved your presentation! I like that you have facts mixed in with fun comics! I’d take your book over science class any day. "
- Quinn

" Your speech was amazing. Your book was amazing and funny. I wanted to say that you are a such a great artist and you are really quick at drawing. "
- Heaven

" Thank you so much for coming! You are the best author I have ever met and you are so nice. I had so much fun learning about the Universe. I can’t wait to read your book! "
- Sienna

" Thank you for coming to our school! Everybody was excited. In fact, I was the most excited. Why? Because I like to learn about space. I really hope your book skyrockets all over the world because of how good it is. "
- Kai


To have Jorge visit your school or institution, please e-mail
jorge@phdcomics.com



Previous stops:

December 11, 2023

L.A. Area School, Los Angeles, California

09:00am - Marengo Elementary School

December 6, 2023

Beatley Public Library, Alexandria, Virginia

6:00pm - 5005 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22304

December 6, 2023

D.C. Area Schools, Washington, D.C.

Morning - Hyde-Addison Elementary

December 6, 2023

D.C. Area Schools, Washington, D.C.

Morning - Charles Hart Middle School

December 6, 2023

D.C. Area Schools, Washington, D.C.

Morning - Watkins Elementary - Capitol Hill Cluster School

December 5, 2023

D.C. Area Schools, Washington, D.C.

2:15pm - Columbia Heights Educational Campus

December 5, 2023

D.C. Area Schools, Washington, D.C.

11:45am - Eaton Elementary

December 5, 2023

D.C. Area Schools, Washington, D.C.

09:00am - Murch Elementary

December 4, 2023

D.C. Area Schools, Washington, D.C.

09:00am - Powell Elementary

November 30, 2023

L.A. Area School, Los Angeles, California

09:00am - Arroyo Vista Elementary School

November 27, 2023

L.A. Area School, Los Angeles, California

08:30am - Monterey Hills Elementary School

November 15, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

2:30pm - Walnut Creek Elementary School

November 15, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

1:00pm - Maplewood Elementary School

November 15, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

8:30am - A.P. Wooldridge Elementary School

November 14, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

10:30am - Small Middle School

November 14, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

12:25pm - Sanchez Elementary School

November 14, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

1:30pm - Baldwin Elementary School

November 14, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

8:30am - Winn Montessori School

November 11, 2023

Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas

11:15am - Panel "Graphic Novels for Curious Readers: Comics, War and Astrophysics"; 12:00pm Booksigning and free cartoon portraits; 4:00pm - Activity Tent Draw Along

November 10, 2023

Reading Rockstars, Austin Area School Visits, Austin, Texas

7:25am - Pecan Springs Elementary

November 8, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

8:30am - Blazier Elementary School

November 8, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

12:30pm - Linder Elementary School

November 8, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

2:30pm - Ojeda Middle School

November 7, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

8:30am - Lively Middle School

November 7, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

1:00pm - Bailey Middle School

November 6, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

1:30pm - Cook Elementary School

November 6, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

09:30am - Sunset Valley Elementary School

November 6, 2023

Austin Area School, Austin, Texas

08:15am - Becker Elementary School

October 25, 2023

Houston Area Schools, Houston, Texas

09:00am - Westside High School

October 24, 2023

Houston Area Schools, Houston, Texas

08:00am - Lyons Elementary School

October 23, 2023

Houston Area Schools, Houston, Texas

01:00pm - Crockett Elementary School

October 23, 2023

Houston Area Schools, Houston, Texas

11:40am - Pershing Middle School

October 23, 2023

Houston Area Schools, Houston, Texas

09:00am - Frank Black Middle School

October 21, 2023

Tweens Read Book Festival, Houston, Texas

Picture This! Panel (11am), Getting Graphic Panel (12pm), Read Visually Panel (3pm) - 10220 Blackhawk Blvd. Houston, TX 77089

October 17, 2023

Boston Area School Visits, Boston, Massachussetts

1:00pm - The Condon K-8 School

October 16, 2023

Boston Area School Visits, Boston, Massachussetts

9:30am - PA Shaw Elementary School

October 16, 2023

Boston Area School Visits, Boston, Massachussetts

1:00pm - Hennigan K-8 School

October 15, 2023

Boston Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts

12pm-3pm Free cartoon portraits! 3:30pm Presentation and Q&A - Current Sciennce and Technology Stage

October 14, 2023

An Unlikely Story Bookstore, Plainville, Massachusetts

4:00pm - 111 South St, Plainville, MA 02762

October 13, 2023

Boston Area School Visits, Boston, Massachusetts

1:45pm - North Scituate Elementary School

October 13, 2023

Boston Area School Visits, Boston, Massachusetts

9:00am - Amvet Elementary School

October 11, 2023

Portland Area Schools, Portland, Oregon

11:30am - George Middle School

October 11, 2023

Portland Area Schools, Portland, Oregon

9:30am - Whitman School

October 11, 2023

Portland Area Schools, Portland, Oregon

1:30pm - Sunnyside Environmental School

October 10, 2023

Portland Area Schools, Portland, Oregon

11:30am - Faubion Middle School

October 10, 2023

Portland Area Schools, Portland, Oregon

8:45am - Vernon Elementary and Middle School

October 10, 2023

Portland Area Schools, Portland, Oregon

2:00pm - Beaumont Middle School

October 9, 2023

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

3:00pm - EMU Ballroom, UO Central Campus

October 9, 2023

Portland Area Schools, Portland, Oregon

8:30am - Bridlemile Elementary School

October 9, 2023

Portland Area Schools, Portland, Oregon

10:15am - Atkinson Elementary

October 7, 2023

Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

5:00pm - Washington Hall

October 7, 2023

Notre Dame Family Event, South Bend, IN

4:00pm - Hammes Lounge, Coleman-Morse Center

October 6, 2023

Chicago Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois

3:30pm - 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

October 5, 2023

Kidquake Book Festival, San Francisco, California

10:15am and 11:15am - San Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library

October 1, 2023

Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival, Maplewood, New Jersey

11:00am - Children's Area

September 30, 2023

Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, New York

1:00pm - Young Readers Stage, The Plaza of 5 Metrotech Center

September 26, 2023

Caltech Astronomy Public Lecture, Pasadena, California

5:00pm - Cahill Auditorium, 1200 East California Blvd, Pasadena, CA

September 26, 2023

Mountain Ave. Elementary School, Los Angeles, California

8:20am -

September 25, 2023

Magnolia Elementary School, Los Angeles, California

9:00am -

September 24, 2023

Once Upon A Time Bookstore, Montrose, California

2:00pm - 2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020


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jorge@phdcomics.com

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