Middle School Monday | August 11 | Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Published: September 17, 2013
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9780062224071
Age Range: 4-9
Rating: 4/5
Find It:  Book Depository

“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”

“Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.”

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

When I first picked up the book and began reading I found the book to be a little dramatic and even repetitive. I kept pondering to myself how a parent could be so irresponsible leaving children alone and making excuses for it. I do not recommend this book to anyone who has an analytic brain.However, when I pull out my adult brain and look at this book as a child I can see how amazing it is. The repetitive story line, exciting adventures, imagination, creativity, and the surprise ending is sure to have every child amused with Gaimen’s telling of a father’s journey to get milk.

Consisting of mostly images it is not a difficult read and would be great for a shared reading in a classroom, with a parent, or someone wanting to improve their reading abilities. For younger children, this would make a great bedtime story (over a few nights of course) to help grow their interest in novels.

This book leaves lots of learning opportunities by offering probing questions, making connections, and making inferences. I would definitely recommend this book for teachers in their classroom and for parents at home. This is the perfect opportunity to get creative in your reading as there are so many different characters, aliens, pirates, vampires, and of course the father and children.

Happy Middle School Monday!

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