Life has never been the same for Milo since his mother disappeared. Aside from missing her and not knowing what happened to her, the worst part of his life is dealing with the nanny that his father’s company sent to help out. Actually, it is Milo who does most of the helping. How many boys his age know how to do laundry? He doesn’t know it, but the laundry is about to get a little more interesting.

The nanny, known as Grandmother, expects all the socks sorted perfectly. Milo finds one unusually large, yellow sock in the dryer and is puzzled. Whose is it and where is the other one? Milo checks the dryer and suddenly finds himself sucked into another world inhabited by ogres. Although he wants to believe he is dreaming, the smell and sound of hungry ogres is all too real. Desperate to return home, Milo pits his brain against their brawn.  When he discovers that his father and some other young children are also in “Ogregon” in need of rescue, his plan changes. Thus a dull morning of household chores turns into an unexpected adventure in which Milo must dig deep to find the courage to save the day.

Young readers will get a kick out of this light-hearted , humorously absurd fantasy adventure. Milo begins his story with a pessimistic outlook on life. Expecting the worst, though, does not dampen his resourcefulness. His sensitivity, amiability and intelligence help him to resolve problems as they appear.

Parents who seek to maintain a refined tone at home should be aware that there is one instance in which an ogre uses an inappropriate word (c–p). If not for this, the book would have received a higher evaluation.

A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is now a full-time wife and mother.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...