You know what itFortunatelytheMilk_HardbackUK_1365440376‘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, StardustNeverwhereThe 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.

Ah Neil Gaiman! What’s not to love about him and his work, right? I first fell in love with Neil Gaiman’s work when I read his book Neverwhere, which then lead me to reading Anansi Boy and American Gods and Sandman and so on and so on! He’s a master of writing and can make a story out of anything!

Fortunately, the Milk was not the first children’s book I have read by Neil, and my impression of his writing ability hasn’t changed at all, in fact if anything, it just proves me write when I say he can make a story out everything–even something as simple as popping down to the shops for a carton of milk.

I loved the artwork that went along with this book, and the artist Chris Riddell deserves just as much credit as Neil for his amazing work that he has done for this book. I have loved Chris Riddell’s style ever since I first laid eyes on it, especially when he previously collaborated with Neil for the UK edition of The Graveyard Book. And let’s not forget his amazing collaborative work along side the very talented author Paul Stewart on the Edge Chronicles. But as always, Mr. Riddell’s work is brilliant.

If your child loves dinosaurs, vampires, aliens, and everything wacky like that–oh, let me not forget the pirates–this book is perfect for your little one, or even for yourself if you are indeed truly a big child at heart like me!

Also, if you enjoy(ed) this, you should check out Neil Gaiman’s other children’s book Chu’s Day which is illustrated by another amazing artist called Adam Rex.

I give this book 5/5 just for its crazy wackiness alone!

Next Week: The Hunger Games!