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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately, the MilkA father is lost in his newspaper. The mother gives last minute reminders before she leaves on her flight. Remarkably, he heard everything. The daughter and son are left with no milk for their cereal. The father leaves to go get milk for the cereal, but he is abducted by aliens. Fortunately he bought milk, because the milk saved him every step of the way. I didn't know what the title meant. I appreciated the creative title. I certainly appreciated the creative writing of this time-travel adventure story (ex. Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier = hot air balloon). I really appreciated the illustrator, Scottie Young. He has so many black and white caricatures that I don't know how one person can come up with so many ideas. It's as if the illustrator and the author are trying to outdo each other. Children ages eight to eleven will enjoy this offbeat fiction. If a father is looking for a read-aloud, THIS is it. The author actually stated that he wrote this book to make positive portrayal of fathers after reading The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. I, for one, am glad that Neil Gaiman found the time to write this book in between all his other books.

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