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Neil Gaiman/Chris Riddell 3-Book Box Set: Coraline; The Graveyard Book; Fortunately, the Milk Paperback – September 8, 2015
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From the Back Cover
An exclusive box set containing three Neil Gaiman classics, including the Newbery Medal and Carnegie Medal winner The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk, all illustrated by acclaimed and award-winning artist Chris Riddell.
These editions, containing the British illustrations—which are both hilarious and moving—have never before been published in the United States.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
Chris Riddell is an acclaimed British artist who lives in Brighton, England. He has written and illustrated many books of his own, including Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and Ottoline Goes to School, and has illustrated, for Bloomsbury UK, The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk; as well as The Sleeper and the Spindle.
Top Customer Reviews
Fortunately, Neil Gaiman has connected with some great illustrators over the years. And one of the illustrators who best works with Gaiman is Chris Riddell, who has illustrated the three books in this collection: the whimsical "Fortunately the Milk," eerie children's horror story "Coraline," and the elegant, gothic "The Graveyard Book" (which won the Newbury Award). All three books are enchanting on their own, and Riddell's illustrations perfectly fit Gaiman's eerie, eccentric writing style.
"Fortunately the Milk" skews the youngest of the three stories (despite some jokes clearly intended for the grown-ups), and is possibly the most exciting story about buying milk since... ever. It's also the one in which Riddell's illustrations shine the most, since the whimsical, oddball story lends itself well to the charmingly exaggerated black-and-white pictures.
In the story, a family has run out of milk. The mother is away at a conference, and the kids are unable to eat their Toastios... and when the dad comes back, he doesn't have milk. Why? The answer is an increasingly convoluted tale of abduction by globby green aliens, the Queen of the Pirates, piranhas, the time-trabeling Professor Steg’s Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier, the barbaric followers of Splod, ponies, vampires, the Galactic Police, and countless other obstacles that threaten to keep him from getting home with the milk.
"Coraline" follows a girl who has recently moved into a dull new apartment, with parents who ignore her and neighbors who are either insane or boring.Read more ›
Coraline: You may have already seen the film, but this is about a little girl named Coraline, who finds a door in her house that leads to another world that is just like her own, only way more exciting. It's inhabited by copies of people who reside in Coraline's real world, and they are all created by her "Other Mother," who eventually tells Coraline that she wants her to stay with her forever. Choices, choices. What will Coraline decide to do, and what will be the consequences of those choices? And what has happened to her real parents?
Fortunately, the Milk: While aimed at a very young audience, this is a very creative book that is rather entertaining. Imagine that you go out to the store to buy milk for your kids' breakfast cereal, only your journey is filled with unexpected adventures and unusual characters that pretty much do everything in their power to keep you from getting home. Does Dad ever make it home with the milk?
The Graveyard Book: A young boy's family is murdered in their beds by a man in black, but somehow the little tyke makes it out of his house and toddles into the nearby graveyard, where he is adopted by the ghosts who live there. I loved this book. Every twist and turn in the story line was wholly unexpected and very unusual. Above all, it held my attention from start to finish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My kids love these books and I HIGHLY recommend them. I have young readers from 7-13.Published 17 days ago by Parent/Gamer
Fantastic box set. My 6 year old is a terrific reader and we struggle to find stories at her reading level that are appropriate for her age. Read morePublished 1 month ago by queenra
I love all three of these books. I have already read the Graveyard book and just loved it. I wanted an extra copy to lend out. The milk book made me laugh.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by crow228
Beautiful set the artwork is fantastic and the books are amazing I'm very pleased.Published 3 months ago by Happy Potato
Wonderfully imaginative and funny children's stories, with amazing illustrations by Chris Riddell. Probably good for 7 - 10 year olds, but my 12 year old grandsons are interested... Read morePublished 3 months ago by epreviews
A brilliant collection of books with amazing illustrations. Totally worth it.Published 3 months ago by Benjamin Pitman