Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review: Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: FORTUNATELY, THE MILK by Neil Gaiman
I love children's literature. I think some of the most unique and enchanting stories come from books written with children in mind. As a teacher, I like to be well read so I can give recommendations to students I may work with. Throughout my time working with junior grade students I realized that while I have a host of story books and young adult fiction I can recommend, I do not have a lot of recommendations for the 8-12 year-old range. So when I saw Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman, I had to read it.

The book filled with beautiful illustrations drawn by Skottie Young. The illustrations add to the story and so does the unique use of font. The font changes between the real time characters versus when the father is telling his story.Also when the characters seem to be doing something like climbing a ladder, the words will be placed in a position of like a ladder. 

The premise of the story is about a boy and his sister are left with their dad when their mom goes away on business. The boy and his sister want to eat breakfast but there is no milk for their cereal and so their father goes out to get milk but it takes him an unusually long time. When the father gets back with the milk he tells his children the story of why it took him so long and the story is very bizarre.

The story includes a Professor Steg who is a dinosaur, a queen pirate, and even Vumpires (there is a funny joke where his daughter pipes in about Vumpires falling in love). I liked how this story introduces the fantasy element while keeping the illusion of whether it is real or not real alive.

Overall, I really liked reading this book. I would recommend reading this book aloud to children aged 7 and up. I also think it could be a good Read to Self book for children aged 9 and up. I remember teaching a combined grade 2/3 class and they loved having a novel read to them and I can see them loving this book.

Let me know what you thought of the book and if you have read any other Neil Gaiman books, please let me know if you would recommend them.

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