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Fortunately, the Milk Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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`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.
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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.
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.
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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A great romp thru the imagination. Teaches a bit along the way about story telling too. And fortunately. The milk get home. Lol.Published 18 days ago by Kathleen Edwards
This was a quick, fun story for middle grade readers or younger. It pays homage to the tall tales parents tell their children. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lena
Confession time -- the only Neil Gaiman book I've read is "The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kenya Starflight
After I finished reading this with my son before bed last night, he declared it was the best book he's ever read. Read more
Don't read this expecting something like Coraline or The Graveyard book. Instead, read this book for a funny story about time travel. And milk. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Teacher Traveller
It’s “The Usual Suspects” for kids, but with Gaiman’s humor and imagination. A father goes out to buy a carton of milk for his kids’ cereal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bernie Gourley
Love the variety that I find in Neil Gaiman's books! Folklore,myths,fairytales,murder,mystery,romance, high adventure! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer