Page 45 Review by Jonathan
"Does this remind you of anything?"
It certainly does. This may well be the closest thing story-wise, combined with the excellent art, I have ever read to something which has immediately me think of Hayao Miyazaki's films. It is of that finely woven ilk.
Our eponymous independent young hero, Milo, chances across a strange glowing egg whilst fishing for crawdaddies. He seems to live pretty much on his own due to his dad working away practically all the time, but also his mysteriously absent mother. Yes, there are three aunts who absent-mindedly keep half an eye on him, fussing over him frenetically whenever they occasionally call in on him, but otherwise he's left to his own devices and free to get into all sorts of adventurous trouble.
So when the egg promptly turns into a goldfish that starts to grow very rapidly indeed - and if that weren't enough then begins to communicate telepathically with him - well, it's abundantly clear just such an epic adventure must be right around the corner! Well, actually, it's under the lake and into a neighbouring dimension, after rescuing a girl called Valia who has been kidnapped and tied up in a bag by a strange toad-like creature. Mr Toad seems to have a lot on his proverbial plate, actually, or perhaps not enough, as he's also worriedly looking for the goldfish whilst wondering where his next child-based snack is going to come from.
Throw in the fact there is a very good reason why Milo's mum hasn't exactly been hands-on all his life and his three aunts are clearly not quite as batty as they seem, just moderately barking hat-stand, and you have almost all the ingredients for an entertaining escapade.
The rest arrive once on the 'underside' of the lake as there's a gorgeously cute village of tiny people who are under siege from a villainous sorcerer and his rampaging pack of gigantic axolotls. He's intent on tracking down the psionic cyprinid for his own insidious ends and it's up to Milo and his unlikely gang to save the day, and their fishy friend, which is going to involve somewhat more than simply remembering to change the water in the bowl occasionally...
A near note-perfect all-ages adventure, this, penned by Richard Marazano (who is responsible for the THE DREAM OF THE BUTTERFLY fantasy series) and beautifully illustrated by Christophe Ferreira in a manner guaranteed to enchant. This is the first of three planned volumes, the second of which, MILO'S WORLD: THE BLACK QUEEN, is due in October. Also, can I just add, this is outrageously good value at £11-99.