Fortunately the Milk
by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Skottie Young
I plucked this book (really a short story with 114 pages) off the shelf for two reasons. 1. It was by Neil Gaiman. 2. The wonderfully illustrated cover and the illustrations inside the book when I peeked in.
I mean come on, these are fantastic!
And the dialog is hilarious.
The premise of this short story is fairly simple. A mother has just left for a conference, leaving a father in charge of his two children. Immediately they face a dilemma, there is no milk for their breakfast cereal. The children's father decides to run down to the corner shop for some milk. The kids wait, and wait... and wait some more for their father to return. When it seems as those ages have passed their father finally returns. When asked what took him so long he delves into an amazing story that includes aliens, dinosaurs, a volcano, time travel, and even ponies.
I enjoyed this story immensely, I think mostly because I feel like it's a ridiculous, over the top tale that I feel my own father would tell. Gaiman ends the tale with hints that the father's tall tale might not be make believe after all, and this for me is the cherry on top of what makes this such a fun little book.
Published in 2013 this would be a great book to read for ages 8-12 or a fantastic read aloud for teachers and parents to younger children. Because this is a small book, it is a quick read (I only took an hour) which makes it a great escape for a perfect little while.