Mum left for a conference and the last thing she reminded Dad was that they were almost out of milk and he’d need to pick some up. When the next morning rolls around, there is no milk for the cereal. Dad heads out to the market and the clock just keeps ticking later and later but he doesn’t return. An unknown LONG amount of time passes before he returns, and when his son and daughter ask what took him so long, Dad begins the odd, strange tale of what happened after he bought the milk, which he fortunately has brought home to them.
Why I picked up the book: I had seen several reviews and liked his book, Coraline. This book was sitting on my nightstand and on New Year’s Eve my preschooler asked me to read something to him. So we picked it up.
Why I finished it: We wanted to see what crazy thing was going to happen next.
I’d give it to: Great transition for fans of The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish who maybe aren’t ready for Coraline. Teens and adult fans of Gaiman’s work would enjoy it as well. Also reminds me of A Wrinkle In Time and When You Reach Me. This would make a fun writing prompt example of tall tales, exaggeration, humor, etc.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Review by Jenn, YA Librarian (View all my Goodreads reviews)