Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

the milkHello, my fellow readers! Long time, no post.  I’ve been on the run since school started last month and haven’t had time for much of anything extra lately.  Are you all tired? I am tired! It’s always hard to settle into a classroom full of new students, and I bet if you are a student, it’s got to be difficult for you as well.  Luckily I was able to pick up the perfect-sized book and read it over the weekend, so now I have something to share!

Do you have a silly dad, a wacky grandpa, a zany uncle?  You know, one of those grownups that can’t ever just answer a question, but instead has to tell you some crazy story about something that may not have actually happened (or did it…?), and now you’re never sure if you should believe them or not because they might just be messing with you for fun? Yeah, that’s what this story is like!  Fortunately, the Milk is written by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman.  He wrote the super creepy books Coraline and The Graveyard Book, which you may have come across at school.  This book, however, is completely hilarious and not spooky at all.

One day a dad goes to the store to get some milk.  The kids, a brother and sister, wait at home for him to return.  He is gone for a very long time, longer than he should have been gone, so the kids start to wonder where he went or who he must have run into at the store.  When dad finally returns, he has an amazingly absurd story to tell about UFOs, aliens, pirates, vampires, piranhas, volcanoes, a stegosaurus in a hot air balloon, time travel, and of course, the milk.  It’s a very silly book.  When you read it, just know that it is ridiculous.  Don’t question it, just roll with it and go along for the ride. This book would be an excellent one to share with your family as a read aloud because it has great opportunities for doing lots of crazy character voices.  Also, the illustrations by Skottie Young are a perfect match for the story.  At first glance, they are plain ink sketches, but when you look closely, they are whimsical and intricate and the details bring all the characters to life.  

Read this book if you like Roald Dahl’s fantastic books, or if you’ve ever read the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, because this totally reminds me of Calvin’s dad.  (If you don’t know Calvin and Hobbes, you NEED to go check it out–http://calvinhobbesdaily.tumblr.com/)  Fortunately, the Milk has an AR level of 4.3 and is worth 1 point.  Enjoy this one!

 

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