This is a whimsical story about two children whose mother has gone away on a business trip and left the children's father in charge of the family. When they run out of milk for their breakfast, the father goes off to the shop (leaving two small children unsupervised - hmmm) and takes a long time returning. When he gets back he tells them an improbable fantasy story of what happened when he was out buying the milk.
It's amusing enough, but I would think it rather too long and confusing to read aloud to younger children, and too short as a chapter book for older children to read themselves. I'm guessing the ideal target age would be around nine. There isn't really much of a plot or character development. The illustrations are gorgeous, but when I tried to see them in a larger format using the Kindle app on my computer I got a message saying it was unavailable in Windows 8. Boo, hiss. Also while I was reading the book on my Kindle the text was interrupted by messages saying the video content was unavailable on my device. So how am I meant to see this video playback then, since it won't run on the computer? Disappointing.
Children's Book of the Year 2013 (The Sunday Times)
From multi-award-winning Neil Gaiman comes a spectacularly silly, mind-bendingly clever, brilliantly bonkers adventure - with lip-smackingly gorgeous illustrations by Chris Riddell.