Fortunately, the Milk ...

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by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Hardback Publication Date: 17/09/2013

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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. The award-laden, bestselling Neil Gaiman, author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Stardust, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book and Coraline, brings his biggest ever publishing year to a spectacular conclusion with this gloriously entertaining novel about time-travel, dinosaurs, milk and dads.
ISBN:
9781408841761
Category:
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
17-09-2013
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
160
Dimensions (mm):
216x135mm
Weight:
0.38kg
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults and is the first author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work The Graveyard Book. The L.A. Times has described his multi-million-selling graphic novel series Sandman as 'the greatest epic in the history of comic books'.

Many of his books, including Coraline and Stardust, have been made into films, Neverwhere has been adapted for TV and radio and American Gods is in development as a major HBO series. He has also written two amazing episodes of Doctor Who and appeared in The Simpsons as himself.

In 2013 he published his first adult novel for seven years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which received stellar reviews and was a bestseller around the world.

Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He won the 2013 Costa Children's Book Prize for Goth Girl and has won the Nestl.

Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New York Times bestseller The Edge Chronicles, and is the current UK Children's Laureate.

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  • A fun read

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    Fortunately, The Milk is the fourth book for young readers by British author, Neil Gaiman. Mum’s away, Dad’s in charge and there’s no milk for breakfast. Dad pops down to the corner shop to get some, but seems to take forever to get back. He explains to his sceptical son and daughter just what took him so long.

    The back cover blurb of this book claims that no Green Globby Aliens, no Pirates, no Angry Volcano Gods demanding human sacrifice, no Intergalactic Police, and no Hot Air Balloon piloted by an accomplished Stegosaurus feature, but, while not wishing to include a spoiler, this is patently false. All these things, and many more, do appear in the pages of this book. Gaiman delights young (and maybe not-so-young) readers with a brilliantly inventive plot while Chris Riddell enhances the text with lots of marvellous illustrations. A fun read.

  • Ridiculously silly, imaginative, and FUN.

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    It's only a short story, but Gaiman manages to fit sooooooooo many silly, weird, funny, bizarre and creative events, characters, scientific(?) inventions in that by the time you've finished (maybe an hour? possibly longer if you're reading it to your kids) you feel you have covered all of time, space, and possibility.



    Add to Gaiman's zany tale the fabulous illustrations of Chris Riddell, and you have the perfect book to share with your kids. Or for them to share with you.



    And dads? When you next tell tall tales, you're going to have to lift your game.