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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

Fortunately, the Milk

Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young If you want something fun and imaginative to read, then Neil Gaiman has it for you. FORTUNATELY, THE MILK is about the third of the size of Gaiman’s CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, and also much less macabre. The story is set up perfectly. Mom leaves dad in charge, they need milk, dad blows it, and dad creates a fanciful story to make up his tracks.

I read this book to my kids in three sittings, but it could be done in more or less. Sometimes it is just as fun to close the book and talk about what you think will happen next.

If you are an adult looking to read this for yourself, just know that the fun is rather short, especially compared to other Gaiman writings—even OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE (which is his shortest “novel”). For new readers, this is just perfect.

I especially loved the plentiful illustrations. That was the one thing I wished THE GRAVEYARD BOOK had more of, and this book delivered.

If you are looking to escape, have a little fun, and perhaps a good laugh, then come along and join up. You won’t regret the journey.