If you pick up a children’s book, should it always contain monsters? Or is a pint of milk an acceptable alternative?
Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell’s FORTUNATELY, THE MILK addresses this question beautifully. A dad goes to the shops for a pint of milk, and gets waylaid on his route home. OK, so there are monsters AND milk. But the milk is definitely the star.
A good story can be about a pint of milk as much as about a monster the size of a mountain. As long as we are made to care, a children’s story can be about anything at all.