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Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow Hardcover – May 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Jacob Wonderbar (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1 edition (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803735375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803735378
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“fast-paced and hilarious”
(Booklist)

“There’s plenty of set-up for future volumes; fans will hope they won’t have to wait long.”
(Kirkus)

“There are enough good lines to keep smiles coming frequently.”
(School Library Journal)

“A thoughtful adventure that will leave readers contemplating both the outer and inner workings of the universe.”
(Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books)

“Loaded with laughs, imagination…a highly original novel that’s certain to appeal to reluctant and avid readers alike.”
(The Repository)

About the Author

Nathan Bransford writes a popular blog and Twitter feed about writing and the publishing industry. He gets more than 150,000 page views a month on his blog, has more than 90,000 followers on Twitter, and will be hosting extensive games, parties, and giveaways in the lead-up to publication. Nathan lives in San Francisco, California.

More About the Author

Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel (October 2013), Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow (Dial, May 2011), Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe (Dial, April 2012) and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp (Dial, March 2013). He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and is now the director of community and social media at Freelancers Union. He lives in Brooklyn.

Customer Reviews

Nathan Bransford is an amazing writer who appeals to all ages.
ML Wolfbar
This book has a fantastic sense of fun -- great pacing, vivid characters and a plot that draws you in and keeps you reading.
Amie Kaufman
This book reminded me so much of the books of Roald Dahl - a great, fun read for children and adults alike.
Meghan C. Ward

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lily.cc on August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I heard about the book through the Nathan's blog, thought it sounded fun for kids, and didn't plan to read it. Then I read the excerpt he put on the blog, I think it was the first chapter, and I was hooked. The writing is so engaging and charming, you can't help but smile while you read. I expected middle-grade cheesiness, and I got a genuine, heartfelt, funny book worth having.

The plot is zany and displays a witty sense of humor that goes beyond kid-humor. It's up to date in its cleverness and pays attention to how kids think and talk nowadays. I'm a scout leader for boys of about this age group, and I can tell this story is perfect for them.

The part that really surprised me was the successful injection of serious themes and meaningful character development within a short, silly middle-grade book. It's no Les Miserables, but you actually come to care about two of the main characters by the end, and empathize with them in a way I didn't think was possible in a story about corndogs and talking spaceships. Well done, Mr. Bransford!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pressman on August 20, 2011
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I'm sitting in one room of my house eavesdropping inadvertently on my daughter and a friend in another room of the house as my daughter tells her friend about this "great book she's reading" - Jacob Wonderbar.

I bought this book not exactly because I expected my daughter to read it; she's almost twelve and tends to do the opposite of anything I want her to do. I bought it with no small feeling of gratitude to Nathan Bransford for the many years he's devoted to his blog and because, as an author with a book here on Amazon, I know what it's like to live and die by our numbers.

So here's the icing on the cake: my daughter loves the book and can't put it down. My daughter, who is not the most devoted reader I've ever seen, is quite devoted to this happy book about Jacob Wonderbar and his space adventure. So thanks to the author for writing his blog, for helping so many other writers over time, and for this book.

Linda Pressman, author of Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Huss on July 18, 2011
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I pre-ordered Jacob Wonderbar when I heard that Nathan Bransford wrote a middle grade novel...and as a publisher of non-fiction science curriculum, this was just the ticket! The story is so fun and the dialog is a hoot (which is always my favorite part of any book, but especially a book for kids...I love listening to my son chuckle in the other room as he's reading!) My normal grown-up reading list is always science fiction, so finding a good middle grader read that added to the "wonder" of space was perfect. I read this book out loud over the course of a week long summer camp and all the kids enjoyed it - they even asked to take turns reading so they could do the voices of the kids.

This one's a keeper and definitely worth the kindle price.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trayvian James on June 15, 2011
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I'm a big fan of YA fiction, but I don't normally read Middle Grade fiction. However, I really, really enjoyed Jacob Wonderbar. The pace was fast, but not at the expense of the characters. I loved how action-packed it was, but at the same time I got to know the characters and I really rooted for them to get home. I loved the humor, especially the planet of substitute teachers, and I felt like the characters had a quite a bit of depth (which is no easy feat in a novel meant for young readers).

I will definitely pick up the second book in the series, and I look forward to sharing Jacob Wonderbar with my daughter (currently 5 months old).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kaw on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While it's true that you usually can't judge a book by its cover, I think this one gives you a really good idea of what the book is about. Three friends, traveling through space, mostly having the time of their lives (though one looks a little nervous!). Even the author himself said that he rewrote the description of his main character after he saw the illustration. So, if the cover appeals to you, read on:

"Space travel is all fun and games until someone breaks the universe." With twelve-year-old Jacob Wonderbar's penchant for bold moves and disregarding all concern for consequences, it's doesn't take long after he and his friends Dexter and Sarah trade a corndog for a spaceship and boldly set of into the galaxy before they end up creating a cosmic space kapow that messes up the universe to such an extent that they may not be able to get back home. As they try to get their bearings in space, they encounter a dreaded space pirate Mick Cracken (who turns out to be about their age and not really that ruthless!) who wants their help in stealing an enormous diamond reported to grant wishes--wishes that could just be their ticket back to Earth! But, Jacob, Sarah and Dexter have different feelings about joining Mick and end up going their separate ways. Will their friendship be strong enough to keep them connected even across the vast reaches of space as they encounter a planet that smells like barf breath, Planet Archimedes (populated by of scientists), and Planet Paisley, the paradise of... substitute teachers!?

I fully expected to enjoy my adventure with Jacob Wonderbar. I've been reading agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford's blog for a few years now and always appreciated his humor, wisdom and style. And the premise of the book sounded like fun.
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