Friday, April 18, 2014

Fortunately, the Milk review

Fortunately, the Milk
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young
Harper Collins
September 2013

First line: "There was only orange juice in the fridge."

Fortunately, the Milk is a fast-paced, silly tale of a father determined to bring milk home to his family - despite alien attacks, time travel, super cute ponies, inept pirates, bloodthirsty piranhas and more. One random, unbelievable thing after another keeps happening, turning Dad's quick jaunt to the corner store for a bit of milk into a major ordeal. 

Gaiman deftly keeps the the story moving at a zany pace while managing to shoehorn in many highly wacky non-sequiturs, making each surprising new twist in the story look effortless. As the beleaguered father's story grows more and more unbelievable, his son and daughter begin to grow quite skeptical of his grandiose claims. Kudos to illustrator Skottie Young for subtly including all the (possibly inspirational?) elements from their father's crazy story into the family's typically British home. I'll recommend this to kids who want a fast, fun read.

Compare to:
Fake Mustache - Tom Angleberger
Jake Plank Tells Tales - Natalie Babbitt
Invisible Inkling - Emily Jenkins
Stardust - Neil Gaiman

I borrowed this book from the library.

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