[...] you have to laugh at the claim — made by others first, but repeated by Pullman [...] — that he has rewritten Paradise Lost. Not every story of rebellion against authority is Miltonic. Or, to take another example, Ulysses is a rewriting of the Odyssey, Judith Kerr’s Mog Goes to the Vee, Eee, Tee (also the story of a departure from, and then a return to, home) is not. 1