Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young

 

This short novel is a twisting, tangled, time-travel tall tale that makes a great read-aloud and would also be a good choice for kids new to reading chapter books. It’s pretty entertaining for older readers too! The nameless narrator’s mother is off to a conference, leaving Dad in charge. When there’s no milk for the breakfast cereal, Dad pops down to the shop to get some … and the kids wait, and wait, and wait. His excuse for why he has taken so long, when he returns, involves a flying saucer, alien abduction, the queen of the pirates, almost getting sacrificed to a volcano god, and most of all Dad’s companion through space and time, dinosaur scientist Professor Steg and her Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier with its Really Good Moves Around in Time Machine. The milk, in the end, was instrumental in saving the world. Or so Dad claims.

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