Author: Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: September 2013
Number of Pages: 114
Series Notes: Stand Alone
Reason for Discovery: The Internet
According to GoodReads:
"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."I have read several Neil Gaiman books over the years including The Graveyard Book, Stardust, Coraline, and American Gods. I found them all interesting, and I liked the worlds that Gaiman had created; however, I never had my socks knocked off by Gaiman. I really wanted to love his books, but I could only muster a strong like. This all changed when I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
"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 story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.
Anyway, this review is about Fortunately, the Milk. Gaiman has wowed me twice in one year! This book was so darling. The writing was spot on. The story truly sounded like a story that a father would tell his children but with that extra Neil Gaiman zest. I found myself smiling and imaging Gaiman reading the book to me.
I feel that the story is one that would hold a child's attention, plus there are a number of tongue in cheek references that will enchant adults too. I really liked how the text appeared on the page. For the most part, it was standard text; however, lines that needed emphasis were enlarged and were in bold. Plus, when the children broke into the story, their lines appeared differently. The text, the words, and the illustrations work very well together to tell an incredible story about a father trying to get his children milk for their cereal. Another great thing about this story is that it is simply a story. There are some educational moments; however, this book is just about having an adventure. This is a story that I can see myself rereading and reading to my children one day.
I would recommend reading the physical book over the e-book for Fortunately, the Milk. I normally would not recommend this; however, lots of the pictures are over two pages. You miss out on this with the e-book version (at least that is what I noticed on my e-reader, I may have missed a setting).
I give this book 5 out of 5 milk bottles.