Judging by the number of Gaiman fans who asked me for an advance reading copy of this, here’s an illustrated middle grade book that booksellers might just as well stick up on front of store displays or the front counter rather than back in the kid’s section. American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Crazy Hair, The Ocean at the End of the Lane… Gaiman’s fans don’t care what age he’s writing for. They just care that he’s writing.
Here’s PW’s review:
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…. [so] I would write a book in which a father did all of the sorts of exciting things that fathers actually do.’ … 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 are incorporated throughout.”
Fortunately, the Milk (9780062224071) by Neil Gaiman; illustrated by Skottie Young. $14.99 hardcover. 9/17/13 on sale.