I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Skottie Young
Also by this author: The Graveyard Book, Coraline
Published by Harper Collins on September 17th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Humorous Stories, Fantasy & Magic, Family, General
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"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.
Oh my goodness, I love that feeling of FINALLY reading a book that I’ve had on my Readathon piles multiple times. The October 24 Hour Dewey 2015 Readathon was the second time that I have had Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, The Milk in my to be read stack. Finally, this time I got to it, and the experience was everything I had hoped it would be — and perfectly timed as well. It also hearkens back to my first Readathon, when I read Coraline.
Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman opens up with a father whose wife is leaving for a trip. She has frozen some meals for the family but trusts her husband. During this time, the kids get hungry and they begin to eat some cereal, when they notice they are out of milk. So, the father decides to head out to the corner store to pick up the milk. The kids notice their dad has been gone an awfully long time. When he finally returns, it is with the most fantastic story involving time travel, but he’s also got the milk as well.
So, the father in Fortunately, The Milk has quite the adventure. You see, he goes to the corner store, pays for the milk, and then happens to be abducted by aliens. Of course, his kids do not quite believe him. But, anyways, he is abducted by aliens and manages to escape, but then encounters pirates, dinosaurs, vampires, and more. The story just gets wilder and wilder and a bit more strange. I loved how Gaiman wove together all of these various elements for a rollicking adventure. I even love how there were questions of how it all ties together at the end. ALSO! The hilarity because as the adventure gets more and more strange, you see just how serious that dad is about that milk, which he must remember for his children.
Gaiman’s book is illustrated by Skottie Young. The illustrations are black and white, there’s no color. I thought they were fun illustrations that added to my enjoyment of the book. Young’s illustrations show the madcap adventure the father goes in and evoke action. In all, I am a fan.
I would recommend Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman to anyone participating in a readathon because it is adorable, quick, and just fun. Also, actual children will enjoy this book too.
PS – I also recently saw that this book is in talks to be a movie. Johnny Depp is allegedly going to be in — hopefully that gives you reason to read this book!
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