Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.” “Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.” Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.
Nope, just the one.
There may be some that I like more than others, or I may be more in the mood for a certain one over others, but I’ve never thought a Gaiman book wasn’t worth reading.
Reading aloud! This book was clearly intended to be read aloud. The repetitive structure and rhythm of the words make a perfect out-loud choice for ages about 3 and up.
Skottie Young! I have to admit to being unfamiliar with his work previous to this book, but now I’m a fan. It’s creative, distinctive, and perfect for the style of the story.
Wacky Time-Travel Hijinks! I’m a big fan of time travel stories: either those that are serious and make sense, or those that may or may not make sense, but are silly and funny. (Not so much a fan of the serious-but-doesn’t-really-make-sense kind.) Anyway, this story pretty much has internal logic, but is so funny and enjoyable that you won’t (at least on first read) think about the logistics and will just relish it.
Read this book. If you have a small child in your life, read it to her. If you don’t, find some adult friends to read it to, or read it to your pets, or just read it out loud to enjoy the rhythm of the words and the cute twists the story takes. Make sure to enjoy the illustrations as well!
It amazes me that the last book Gaiman released was so sweet and heartbreaking (and then heart-mending), and then he comes out with this silly romp. Versatile doesn’t even go far enough.
Bought a copy.