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It sure is time for funny books

Quite obviously, adults and kids have had it up to their eyeballs with COVID-19 and the 8 million times we’ve all had to change gears. There’s no better time than now to insert laughter into the picture, which is what today’s reviewed books accomplish very well.

From a carton of milk that saves the universe, to the wild search for the very important briefcase and a hotheaded who considers himself quite an authority on everything (until he’s not), get kids carried away through the pages of these very funny books.

Books to borrow

The following book is available at many public libraries.

“Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young, Harper, 113 pages

Read aloud: age 8 – 12.

Read yourself: age 8 and older.

Dad had gone out to fetch milk for his children’s breakfast cereal. When he finally returned, his son and daughter asked where he had been. His story went something like this:

He purchased the milk, emerged from the store, put the milk in his pocket and was promptly abducted by aliens, transported back and forth through time, faced pirates and unworldly beings and was befriended by a Stegosaurus professor in a hot air balloon. As events progressed it became evident that the fate of the universe depended on him and, bizarrely, the milk. Fortunately, he still had it (the milk, that is).

Outrageously wonderful, inventive, imaginative, with nonstop hilarity throughout (including the perfectly wrought illustrations), “Fortunately, the Milk” excels in every possible way.

Librarian’s choice

Library: Mifflin Community Library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington

Library director: Natasha Donaldson

Youth services: Andrea Hunter

Choices this week: “Leonardo, the Terrible Monster” by Mo Willems; “The Celery Stalks at Midnight” by James Howe; “The Giant Jam Sandwich” by John Vernon Lord

Books to buy

The following books are available at favorite bookstores.

“Mr. Brown’s Bad Day” by Lou Peacock, illustrated by Alison Friend, Nosy

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