Middle-Grade Book Reviews: Fortunately, The Milk and Fairy Tale Comics

Posted September 18, 2013 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments Tags: ,

Fortunately, the Milk, Fairy Tale Comics by Neil Gaiman, Various
Genres: fantasy, Middle-Grade

I always love finding new middle-grade books that I want to share with my kids and these two are no exception. If you’re a fan of MG books or comics or illustrations or have kids that you’re trying to find books for, check out both of these. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Fortunately, the Milk


Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy
Level: Middle-Grade
Review Source: Purchased Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: Sept 17, 2013
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “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.

I’m so excited I finally got to read this! Fortunately, the Milk is a silly story a dad tells his kids when his trip to the market to buy milk for their breakfast takes longer than it should. It’s funny and adventurous with time travel, dinosaurs, pirates, vampires, a volcano, and, fortunately, milk. As my first Gaiman book, it definitely shows his abilities as a storyteller. It’s like a modern And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, a book that promotes a great imagination with a strong father/child relationship and without the mildly racist remarks. As a kid’s book, it’s perfect for more reluctant readers or those who are in-between picture books and chapter books. The book might seem long to younger kids at 128 pages but there aren’t chapters or tons of words on each page and the illustrations are detailed and funny and add so much to the story. I enjoyed going back after finishing the book and looking at all of the different illustrations. I mean, look at that cover! Each page is like that! (Though inside they are in black and white.) Still, they’re pretty amazing. I really hope you guys check out this book!




Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists by Chris Duffy

Genre: Fantasy
Level: Middle-Grade
Review Source: eARC via NetGalley
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: Sept 24, 2013
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: From favorites like “Puss in Boots” and “Goldilocks” to obscure gems like “The Boy Who Drew Cats,” Fairy Tale Comics has something to offer every reader. Seventeen fairy tales are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by seventeen different cartoonists, including Raina Telgemeier, Brett Helquist, Cherise Harper, and more.

Edited by Nursery Rhyme Comics’ Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.

When I was approved for this one, I decided I wanted to go ahead and read it with the kids to see what they thought. And I’m glad I did because they really enjoyed it! Putting fairy tales like this into comic book form is pretty genius. Those are two of my kids’ favorite things! (And I suspect they aren’t the only ones.) Gathering seventeen fantastic artists to go along with it is even better! I did have a slight problem adjusting to all of the different styles throughout the book but when I was done it was fun to go back and look over all the illustrations finding our favorites and some new styles we weren’t yet familiar with. In the end, I think it really worked! My kids are four and seven and there were a couple stories we had to skip over because they were just too scary or violent, but that’s to be expected with fairy tales. They don’t fluff up the stories here. But the kids each have their favorites (a couple tales we even discovered for the first time here!) that we’ve read several times already. I can’t wait to see this book in print! If you’re kids are fans of comic books or fairy tales, I’d check this one out.

6 Responses to “Middle-Grade Book Reviews: Fortunately, The Milk and Fairy Tale Comics”

  1. Jaime Lester

    I am 31 years old, but I am not ashamed to admit that I love middle grade stories. The imagination and the fun and the silly are something you can’t find anywhere else. I think that I would enjoy both of these very much. Thank you for reviewing them for us!

  2. asdewi

    Woaa….I’m a big fan of Gaiman. Definitely wanna read another of his picture book. Thank you for the review

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