Little Big Benny

The story of a boy who didn't know he was the universe.

A young reader's series by Katie Cook.

Little Big Benny: The Boy Who Didn't Know He Was the Universe

This is the story of a boy who didn't know he was the universe. Benny Armstrong Jr. is very curious about the world around him, but what he doesn’t realize is that he plays host to an incredible world that exists within him.

The Books

What Readers Are Saying...

Can't put it down

Little Big Benny is the more fun and imaginative than I can say here in a simple review. If you haven't gotten copies of this amazing series, you need to do it now...whether you have kids in the house or not!!

- scovel11, Amazon reader

A World of Fun

Making science and exploration fun, creative and imaginative is what debut author Katie Cook has done with Little Big Benny. Out-of-this-world characters leap off the page and into your heart through humor, mischief and interesting storylines. Fantastic chapter book series for boys and girls.

- Amazon reader

5 stars

I gave this book 5 stars because of all the imagination put into it. [ The 3rd is the best ] make sure you read them in order.

- McCarthy Houser, 10-year-old girl


It started with the idea...

About the Author: Katie Cook

Katie Cook adds another string to her bow. Musician, CMT/MTV television host, paranormal investigator and podcaster, mother, and now author.

Before her television career started in 2001, her band Reno released an album with Curb Records. Promoting the album took her on the road for long stretches of time. These often boring road trips mixed with Katie's wild imagination was Little Big Benny’s genesis.

Katie Cook photo credit: Nora Canfield

It started with the idea...

...that while we may be small in the grand cosmic scheme of things, we also have a universe within as well, which makes us absolutely giant at the same time. Katie dreamed of creating a character that could explore ideas like this while maintaining a sense humor, like the children’s entertainment she grew up with offered. When Katie became a mother herself, she knew it was time to take this half baked idea and develop into a full fledged children's book series. Like Big Benny always tells his son, "Gotta shoot for the stars!" While Katie interviews the stars for her job as host of CMT Hot 20 Countdown, she is also shooting for the stars with her Little Big Benny book series. She hopes one day to see it animated.

Katie lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Adam, daughter Daisy Rocket, and their adopted pets Ringo, Dolly and Jupiter. 

Meet the Characters

Benny Armstrong Jr. is a young boy who lives in the town of Airbourne. He is a very smart boy and has a passion for Astronomy, something that his mother, Rosie, often mistakes for Astrology. When he isn’t looking through his telescope, he is usually reading Stargazer magazine or listening to his favorite radio show Cosmic Compass hosted by Rodney the Radio Rocket Man. Little Benny is very curious about the world he lives in, but as we find out in the story, nothing in this world is quite what it seems.

Meet the Characters