Fortunately the Milk is the new book from Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell and published from Bloomsbury Kids Books. I was lucky enough to win a copy last week from their Facebook page, but Shhh! we need to keep it quiet as its such a lovely looking book, I am keeping it for the boy for Christmas.
So here is my review of the Fortunately the Milk. At first I thought this was a strange title for a book especially after seeing the cover with its bright metallic jacket and pictures of flying machines and dinosaurs. But I know this is a book the boy will enjoy just because of the blurb on the back.
Mum’s away. Dad’s in charge. There’s no milk.
Along with the prospect of reading none of the following… “Globby Green Aliens” “Intergalactic Police” “Pirates” and “Angry volcano gods demanding human sacrifice!” but possibly a “Time traveling hot air balloon piloted by a stegosaurus” Well what is there not to like?
Once you get past the incredibly, metalic, bright dust jacket, you find a lovely mixture of exciting illustrated pages. The boy enjoys books which are broken up into smaller less scary chapters by inviting illustrations, so this will be ideal. The fonts used are lovely and clear and readable for an enthusiastic 8-year-old and I cant wait to get the chance to find out more…
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.
Fortunately the milk is currently available in hardback for RRP £10.99 and I am pleased to have a copy to give away for the start of Children’s Book week. All you have to do is follow the instructions on rafflecopter. Winners will be drawn and notified after the closing date of the 20th October.
Link up, Read, Enter and Enjoy!
Disclaimer I have not been paid to run this competition and the opinions remain mine and are unchanged.