Fortunately, the Milk
Written by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Skottie Young
Middle grade readers will giggle all the way through this silly tale through time and space. Supposedly, all these adventures and time travelers happened to father on his way home from the store with the milk. The children wondered what took him so long.
It is a typical kind of story that parents often try to make up for children using what they see about the kitchen as far as labels or character ideas.
One child is quite skeptical about father’s adventure tale, but the daughter just hopes that somewhere in the story there will be ponies. So, of course, father puts in some ponies.
The one constant in the whole silly escapade is the bottle of milk carefully protected in father’s coat pocket.
Teachers and librarians will use it successfully for read aloud time.
The cartoon type pencil sketched drawings add greatly to the fun and silliness. It would be of particular interest to low readability/ high interest students. The many drawings and large amounts of dialogue make for a great deal of white space in the book that will help to encourage newly independent readers.