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Oliver's Great Big Universe

Oliver's Great Big Universe

Jorge Cham
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Cosmos meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid in Oliver's Great Big Universe, an original illustrated middle-grade fiction series that blends science with narrative from the Emmy Award-nominated creator of PBS's Elinor Wonders Why.

I know what you're thinking. What makes an average 11-year-old kid qualified to tell you anything about the universe?

Am I famous scientist? No.

Am I a super-genius at everything? Not really. 

Oliver has a lot going on starting his first year of middle school--new friends, new classes, new everything. But at least there's one thing that still makes sense: science! Determined to be an astrophysicist one day, Oliver explains everything he learns--like how the sun burps, how ghost particles fly through you, the uncanny similarities between Mercury and cafeteria meatballs, and most important, how the Big Bang is basically just like a fart in the school hallway. (Also, there are time-bending black holes, exploding supernova stars, and aliens! Well, there could be aliens.)

Oliver finally feels like he's starting to figure things out . . . but can he stay out of the principal's office or catch a break from his annoying sister?

With laugh-out-loud humor and cartoon-style illustrations from the bestselling writer and creator of PHD Comics, Jorge Cham, Oliver's Great Big Universe is a STEAM-themed, diary-style series following an 11-year-old who's taking on the whole universe--if he can survive middle school first.


Jorge Cham is the bestselling, Emmy-nominated creator of . . . many things: from the hit PBS kids' show Elinor Wonders Why to the bestselling nonfiction book for adults called We Have No Idea, along with the smash podcast Daniel & Jorge Explain the Universe and the popular webcomic PHD Comics. He is, without a doubt, an expert on explaining things about the world in interesting and fun ways. He obtained his PhD in robotics from Stanford University and was an instructor and research associate at Caltech from 2003 to 2005. He is originally from Panama.


  • Publisher: Amulet Books (September 26, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • ISBN-10: 141976408X
  • ISBN-13: 9781419764080
  • Reading age: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade level: 3 - 7
  • Item Weight: 1.3 pounds
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