Monday, June 10, 2013

Fortunately, the Milk ... by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Chris Riddell

About the Book

You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got to do. And the most important thing is DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back.

Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk.


I have some pretty ridiculous books, thank you Slush Pile. This one takes the cake. Neil Gaiman, known for his award-winning novels and wild imaginative plots, and he doesn’t disappoint in this children’s book that is seemingly aimed at a younger audience than his other YA novels. Now enter Chris Riddell, author and illustrator of bestseller Muddle Earth – I LOVE CHRIS RIDDELL.

So let’s talk about the plot ...

Fortunately, the Milk ... is a story about a family with a mother is away for conference, leaving Dad in charge. So one morning when the milk runs out and who really does eat cereal with orange juice? So off Dad goes to get milk for the cereal and for tea, but what unleashes on his return is the most ridiculous plot line with aliens, pirates, a time-travelling stegosaurus in a hot-air balloon, vampires, a man-eating mountain-tribe and time-travelling scenes that would an episode of Dr Who jealous, but let’s not forget that fortunately, the milk survives.

With a moral lesson discarded to the side, Riddell and Gaiman produce a ridiculously-funny, fantastical story that will, no doubt have kids belly-laughing their way through.

About the Author
Neil Gaiman, author, scriptwriter and creator of graphic novels, is British and lives in the USA. His diverse catalogue of books includes the novel The Graveyard Book, winner of the Carnegie Medal 2010 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2009, Stardust (now a major feature film), the bestselling novel for young readers Coraline (now a major 3D-animated film), and the picture book The Wolves in the Walls, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
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About the Illustrator
Chris Riddell is a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He has won the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New York Times bestseller the Edge Chronicles.
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