Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Skottie Young | Book Review

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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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I agree, this book is totally adorable. I actually listened to the audiobook which Neil Gaiman narrates, and it’s wonderful. Glad you enjoyed this.

    Also, I so would be interest in a movie of this starring Johnny Depp!
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  2. Fortunately, the Milk sounds like such a fun read! It sounds like it has the whimsy of a Roald Dahl novel, and the illustration style looks awesome. So glad you brought this one to my attention, and I’m happy you enjoyed it!
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