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.
"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
"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
"Oliver's Great Big Universe will have you laughing out loud and spouting physics facts!"
- Zach & Kelly Weinersmith, authors of the New York Times bestseller Soonish
"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
"Charming and informative, packed with real, accessible answers to the big cosmic questions kids are most curious about."
- Katie Mack, Theoretical Cosmologist and author of The End of Everything
"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
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.
Oliver's Great Big Universe is being translated to 14 languages (and counting!). Find your local publisher below:
|China (Mainland)||Chinese (simplified)||United Sky|
|South Korea||Korean||Mirae N|
|Sweden||Swedish||B. Wahlströms Bokförlag|
|U.K., Australia, Commonwealth||English||Simon and Shuster|
|United States and Canada||English||Abrams|
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