Synopses & Reviews
"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.
"In a letter to readers, Gaiman explains that his rationale for writing this story, about a father who has taken an excessively long time to return from the corner store with milk for his children's breakfast, stems from his reconsideration of the father in The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. That dad, he realized, is 'not really a positive portrayal of fatherhood' he is a lump. To compensate, 'I would write a book in which a father did all of the sorts of exciting things that fathers actually do.' He may have to try again: the father in this story is abducted by aliens, made to walk the plank by pirates, and rescued by a stegosaurus in a balloon, among other outrageous escapades. It reads like an extemporaneous riff by a clever father asked a question he doesn't want to answer, and it makes an excellent gift for those heroic fathers who consider reading aloud to their children one of parenthood's greatest joys. Young's wiry, exuberant b&w caricatures (not all seen by PW) are incorporated throughout. Ages 812. Author's agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Gaiman knocks it out of the park again with this imaginative story."
School Library Journal
"This would also make a wonderful read-aloud, but don't be surprised if the kids insist that it be read in one sitting — and maybe with a side of cookies and milk."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults. He has won many major awards, including the Hugo and the Nebula, and his New York Times
bestselling novel The Graveyard Book
is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) Medals. His books for readers of all ages include the bestselling Coraline
, also an Academy Award-nominated film; Fortunately, the Milk
; Odd and the Frost Giants
; and The Wolves in the Walls
. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
Skottie Young is an award-winning cartoonist and writer who illustrates New York Times bestselling adaptations of L. Frank Baum's Oz novels for Marvel Entertainment. His unique art style and sensibilities have drawn acclaim worldwide, earning him multiple Eisner Awards. He has worked in comics, toys, and animation for Marvel, Warner Bros., Image Comics, Mattel, Cartoon Network, and many more. Skottie lives in Illinois.