My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fun, lovely, and quite quirky tall tale by Neil Gaiman.
It seems this would be fun to read aloud to your kids. Of course, they might be groaning through the whole thing, or they might be giggling at the absurdity of it all. After all who would go to so much trouble just for a bottle of milk.
Please don’t expect typical Neil Gaiman, deep, somewhat dark, and especially mysterious here. There are little tiny, almost imperceptible touches of that, but nowhere along the lines of most Neil Gaiman books. This one is different. This one is there just for the giggles.
Dad fails in his fatherly duties and the family runs out of milk even though dad may have known they were likely to run out. He heads to the store to get some, but takes his time. To cover his tracks he invents a story (Well, maybe it wasn’t invented, maybe it really did happen). It involves flying Pirates, a talking dinosaur, time travel, and some dangerous, blood thirsty natives. Fortunately, when all was well and done the milk had been saved.
Did it all happen? Who cares, it’s a fun read.