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Fortunately, the Milk [Kindle Edition]

Neil Gaiman , Skottie Young
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Book Description

"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."

"Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened."

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-A tale of the bravery and selflessness exhibited by a father taking care of his children while his wife is away. Despite Mom's advance warning, the family finds itself ready for breakfast but without milk for cereal and tea, so Dad takes a trip to the store to get some. Upon his long-awaited return, he gives the children a fantastical and descriptive explanation of the adventures he faced while trying to make it back home. Not only did he embark on a time-traveling hot-air balloon ride with a stegosaurus, but he also confronted pirates, aliens, wumpires, and a volcano god, never losing possession of the milk. Gaiman knocks it out of the park again with this imaginative story. His outrageous plot is perfectly paced to keep advanced and reluctant readers enthralled, and his use of onomatopoeia and humorous descriptions will make the book hard to put down. Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's titles, it will sweep children away into an unimagined world and make them wonder if their own parents have ever had any secret adventures. Young's frequent black-and-white cartoons add to the wackiness of this tall tale.-Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DEα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

A little boy and his little sister awake one morning, milkless. Their mother is away on business, their father is buried in the paper, and their Toastios are dry. What are young siblings to do? They impress upon their father that his tea is also without milk and sit back to watch their plan take effect. But something goes amiss, and their father doesn’t return and doesn’t return some more. When he does, finally, he has a story to tell, a story involving aliens; pirates; ponies; wumpires (not the handsome, brooding kind); and a stegosaurus professor who pilots a Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier (which looks suspiciously like a hot-air balloon). There is time travel, treachery, and ample adventure, and, fortunately, the milk he has procured is rescued at every turn. Gaiman’s oversize, tongue-in-cheek narrative twists about like the impromptu nonsense it is, with quick turns, speed bumps, and one go-for-broke dairy deus ex machina. Young fills the pages with sketchy, highly stylized images, stretched and pointy, bringing the crazed imaginations to life with irrepressible energy. Children will devour this one, with or without milk. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A national media campaign and select author appearances are on the docket to celebrate the release of Newbery Award–winning Gaiman’s latest. Grades 3-6. --Thom Barthelmess

Product Details

  • File Size: 3019 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "where there is milk, there is hope." September 17, 2013
Only Neil Gaiman could delight two polar-opposite readerships by releasing one of the most buzzed-about adult books of the year (`The Ocean at the End of the Lane' - so good I still can't bring myself to write a review because THERE ARE NO WORDS!) and then a few months later a lavishly wonderful children's book. It's not surprising, really, because Neil Gaiman wrote both `American Gods' and `Coraline' - cementing himself as a fine storyteller for all ages.

`Fortunately, the Milk. . . ' being Gaiman's children's foray, his Bloomsbury publishers know they can be a bit more blunt and honest with their younger readers. Hence this very apt author billing of 'Ridiculously Bestselling Author'

The book is about a father left in charge of his two children when their mum goes off to a conference. But the first disaster strikes at breakfast-time, when they run out of milk. So it's up to dad to trot down to the corner store for a refill . . . but he takes ages and ages, and it's only upon his return that the children discover what took him so long.

The whole book is a bit tongue-in-cheek, and there's something here for the intended 8-12 readership, as well as the parents for whom this will be bedtime reading. For the kids there are; Dwarves, wumpires, a stegosaurus, aliens, pirates, ponies, a volcano god . . . then for the adult readers there are some references to The Usual Suspects, a little Doctor Who-esque time travel conundrum and some making fun of Twilight. It's all a bit brilliant really. Even more so because Chris Riddell's illustrations have made the dad look like Neil Gaiman himself - which makes me think back on an old blog post Gaiman once posted about where he gets his ideas from.

Interestingly, there are two versions of Gaiman's latest children's book.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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Neil Gaiman’s “Fortunately, the Milk” is as charming as it sounds. A story to delight even the most lactose intolerant. Read it with your morning breakfast, your coffee or tea; this book will surely please. A wonderful romp full of whimsy, time-travel, dairy and numerous globulous aliens. If you haven’t read any of Neil Gaiman’s works here is a great place to start. It’s good for all ages. Read it with a glass of milk! A book fortified to get you through your day!

If you like Doctor Who, Back to the Future, Monty Python, Neil Gaiman, laughing, reading good books, or dairy, than I suggest reading “Fortunately the milk”. If you don’t like at least one of these things, well, then I suggest consulting a physician immediately.
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365 of 434 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a book about little girls in Nazi Germany September 27, 2013
I finished The Book Thief and couldn't stop doing the ugly cry so my husband made me promise to stop reading books about small children in Nazi Germany for at least a day. I read this book instead and it didn't make me ugly cry at all. In fact, it was deliciously wonderful and I reveled in the lack of swastikas.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fortunately, Neil Gaiman... September 18, 2013
... continues to write amazing stories for all! Coming off the book high of "Ocean at the End of the Lane", I couldn't wait to get this book! I enjoy all the many genres of Gaiman. However, my daughter (11) got to read this before I was able. After I come home from work, she comes to me, hands me the book and says, "Awesome!! Don't worry I won't spoil it for you. (Wink) But I'll tell ya, this dad is waaayyyyy better than the one from "The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish". This one is so much more like [my] dad!!!". Lol! Too cute. Anyone of any age will love this book!! Especially dads everywhere!!
Oh! I can't write about this book without mentioning the art! Beautiful linework to match the whimsy of Gaiman. Definitely buy the hard cover!! ♥
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! September 17, 2013
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I just read this in two sittings with my 5 year old and it was wonderful. Thank you Mr. Gaiman. We both loved it.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont buy kindle edition September 17, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book without knowing anything about it except that it was written by Neil Gaiman. To my surprise it is a children's book! Funny enough I still loved it. I wish I had bought the hardcover version however. The illustrations are fantastic and I don't think the kindle version does them justice at all. You really do miss out on the whole experience that comes from reading your little one a bedtime story where the pages actually turn. Overall,though, another win for my favorite author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you want something fun and imaginative to read, then Neil Gaiman has it for you. FORTUNATELY, THE MILK is about the third of the size of Gaiman’s CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, and also much less macabre. The story is set up perfectly. Mom leaves dad in charge, they need milk, dad blows it, and dad creates a fanciful story to make up his tracks.

I read this book to my kids in three sittings, but it could be done in more or less. Sometimes it is just as fun to close the book and talk about what you think will happen next.

If you are an adult looking to read this for yourself, just know that the fun is rather short, especially compared to other Gaiman writings—even OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE (which is his shortest “novel”). For new readers, this is just perfect.

I especially loved the plentiful illustrations. That was the one thing I wished THE GRAVEYARD BOOK had more of, and this book delivered.

If you are looking to escape, have a little fun, and perhaps a good laugh, then come along and join up. You won’t regret the journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-downable.
Conversation with my 5-year-old:
"OK, it's getting late, should we stop here and pick this back up tomorrow night. Sound good?"
"NO! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book nice illustrations excellent story teller
Excelent story. My kids love listening it again and again. The story teller is very good.
Published 6 days ago by Gilberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
It is just a little confusing the setting is hard to keep track of and it keeps on changing I wish it was more understandable
Published 10 days ago by Rylie Hornsby
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and adventurous story
My five-year-old son and I loved this book. It was fun and exciting. It really kept his interest. This would make a good story for parents to read to younger children or for older... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jazz*kitten
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by Linda Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good book
We love Neil Gaiman and this book is simply fantastic. It's great for introducing younger kids to longer books and getting them hooked on a good author early in life.
Published 19 days ago by Mrs B
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down
When this arrived, we couldn't stop reading until we were done. It was captivating for audiences from 4 to 44!
Published 21 days ago by SCRowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant reading
A cute and lighthearted diversion from life. Good for kids as well.
Published 29 days ago by Stryker
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for any kid, or kid at heart.
So funny, and my son has had me read it 4 times in the month since we got it.
Published 1 month ago by Mhastie
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Beautiful, Tall Tail
short, beautiful, wonderful The play between being a picture book, short novel, and comic is great. I also think it's one of the better "tall tail" type books.
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I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at more or less up to date.

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