Marko is bored and thirsty. But he doesn't want ordinary milk. He wants botty milk from Africa. Mummy and Daddy have never heard of such a thing and tell Marko to stop talking nonsense. 'I'll go to Africa and fetch some botty milk myself,' he says. Then he goes out and catches the Africa Bus. It's not easy to find botty milk in Africa either. Everyone that Marko meets, whether human or animal, drinks something, but they are incredibly secretive. It's certainly not botty milk, they tell him. But Marko refuses to give up, and after a while he is on his way home with his own tanker full of botty milk. A fantastic story from a big-name author. It is never revealed to the reader exactly what botty milk is, but perhaps that's just as well. It tastes good, in any case. With colourful and vibrant illustrations.
An accomplished and child-centred flight of fancy
‘Erlend Loe’s children’s books have achieved cult status among many adult readers. His most recent picture book, created in collaboration with illustrator Alice Lima de Faria, is yet another treat for a generation of parents – precisely due to its inherently childish nature.’
‘Erlend Loe keeps to a clear and childlike – often described as naïve – logic throughout the tale.’
‘A top choice for children: lively and sarcastic, or positive and enjoyable? Norwegian children’s books are among the best the world has to offer, with something or other to suit every possible taste.’
‘A great plotline, sense of magnitude, a little something to make you wiser, a great deal of humour, and preferably a little poo! Loe includes all of these elements, and does so without any hint of superficiality or delicacy… Erlend Loe has produced a fantastic book… Beautiful illustrations in stylish colours surprise throughout.’
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