24 September 2013
Fortunately, the Milk
"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.
Neil Gaiman, just to top the amazing story success of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, also put out a chapter book this year. It tells the story of a dad who returns from a milk run to the corner store, is gone far longer than intended, and returns with a wild tale of alien abduction and dinosaurs....but he never forgot the milk.
I read this while covering breaks at the store and it had me laughing out loud - it's a chapter book, maybe 110 pages long and it flies along. Just the kids' reactions to the tall tale and how it just. keeps. going. Apparently the UK edition had different illustrations (which some reviewers liked better) but I thought these were just fine. Another ace-in-the-hole from Neil Gaiman's brain!