Friday, May 2, 2014

Fortunately, the Milk

Fortunately, the Milk, a whimsical tale by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, found its way to our bookshelf when I needed a last minute book to add to Paulie's Christmas books. A short read, Paulie devoured it in one evening, then Elizabeth proceeded to inhale it over a road trip a couple of days later. Both declared Fortunately, the Milk to be raucously funny with awesome illustrations. Because of it's relatively short pages, plentiful pictures, and eccentrically comical story, advanced readers as young as first grade would probably find this tale perfectly engrossing.

In Fortunately, the Milk, mother travels to a conference leaving dad in charge, and he promptly hits a crisis at breakfast time when there is no milk for the cereal or tea. What follows is a lengthy wait by the children and when dad finally, finally arrives home with the milk, he regales them with a bizarre tale that is equal parts Baum's Oz, Douglas Adams, and Roald Dahl. The adventurous story moves along quite quickly, accompanied by Skottie Young's hilarious and outrageous illustrations.

Fortunately, this is a tale well worth recommending to a great variety of ages, anyone, in fact, who enjoys a fantastically funny bedtime story.

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