When you were a kid, did you ever wonder why your parent(s) took so long with something?
This book will tell you the story of a dad who went out to get milk when mom is away on a trip.
Get ready for quite the adventure.
Fortunately, the Milk is full of Gaiman magic and, with drawings reminiscent of Coraline (in my edition anyway), it really is quite an experience, for kids and grownups alike.
It’s not a story I can say will stay with me for a long time, especially considering other books I have read by this superb author. I went through it so quickly, completely engaged in the adventure, smiling here and there, and quite frankly it was just what I needed – something light, redolent of childhood, that put a smile on my face.
I would especially have loved a final reference to something that was said in the beginning, a little and that is when I waved hello to Mister Ronson, who was buying the paper, just to bring it full circle – the author already did that anyway throughout the book, and it is something which gives such more depth to the narrative, and a feeling that it was not made up at all. I also wish the drawings were coloured instead of black and white.
The kids will love the writing, graphics and crazy plot, and the adults will relate especially to things like mom leaving the to-do list before leaving, making sure you listened, going out to get the milk not just because your kids need it but because you want some with your tea, and just the brilliancy of taking regular items around you and creating the wackiest scenarios, making sure you include ponies because your daughter asked you for them.
Parents are a force of nature, and this book is a great example of that.
Read on April 01, 2015