Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog


Primary Genre(s): Children, Fantasy
Published: 17 Sep 2013 by HarperCollins
Page count: 113 (print)
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Cover: Adorable
Pacing: Awesome!
Ending: Perfect!
Would I recommend it: Absolutely!
Commission Link: Buy Fortunately, the Milk

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got to do. And the most important thing is DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back.

Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk.

My Thoughts
For some reason I am focusing on children’s book lately and I am enjoying every second of it. Fortunately, the Milk is no exception. What a fun book this is!! Here are my pros and cons for Fortunately, the Milk:


  1. This book is completely outlandish, excitingly adventurous, and extraordinarily magical!
  2. I loved how the author repeated the phrase “Fortunately, the milk” throughout the story in some form or another. I found myself enjoying the reminder that this story is ultimately about a carton of milk!
  3. This book includes time travel, dinosaurs, pirates, aliens, hot-air balloons, a volcano god and so much more! The story is jam-packed with nonsense and every bit of it was a joy to experience.
  4. Two of the best quotes ever. I think you might be legally obligated to love a book with sentences like this!

I opened the door. “Don’t do that,” said a green, globby person. “You’ll let the space-time continuum in.”

If the same object from two different times touches itself, one of two things will happen. Either the Universe will cease to exist. Or three remarkable dwarfs will dance through the streets with flowerpots on their heads.

  1. I found myself thinking about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy while I was listening to this book. There are at least some similarities, and it made me wonder… maybe the answer to the ultimate question in life isn’t really 42, but instead it is a carton of milk! HA!
  2. The pacing was awesome, the characters were fun and crazy, and the situation was enjoyable nonsense from start to finish.
  3. This entertaining story isn’t just for kids! I think adults would enjoy this immensely, too. I certainly did! Who would have thought an adventure story concerning milk could be so much fun!? This is storytelling at its best.


What a fun story! I listened to the audiobook (less than one hour long) and the narration by Gaiman himself was spot on! Unfortunately, I missed out on the illustrations that are in the print book. That is a bummer, but I enjoyed this story so much I might just grab a print copy sometime and enjoy the pictures when I read it again!

There is a short video on YouTube where Neil Gaiman discusses his inspiration for this book (click here for video). It is less than 2 minutes and I encourage you to watch it.

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18 thoughts on “Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

  1. It is short and silly for sure. I’ve only read one other Gaiman book about a million years ago and I only remember that it was super long. I have no recollection of the actual story other than it had something to do with doors… I think. Lol. I think it was Neverwhere.


  2. I absolutely adored this book and always get excited when some other grown-up reads it. Plus Gaiman has the best reading voice. Thanks so much for sharing the video link. I loved that too and hadn’t seen it before. Arrrr!
    x The Captain

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  3. Gaiman narrated it perfectly! He does have the perfect voice for narrating this book in particular, and probably any book in general for that matter. I love finding gems like this – it was so much fun to read!!!

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  4. I haven’t read anything by Neil Gaiman, but for various reasons feel like I need to. I planned to start with Neverwhere, but maybe this would be a better starting point!

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  5. It’s at least a short, fun one to start with. They are two completely different books though (Neverwhere is a heavier and much longer novel). I’d say give this one a shot though. You can read it in an hour and it is just silly fun!

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  6. Oh, I totally understand it would be very different from Neverwhere, but that’s mostly why I think it’d be better to start with this one. In the end, Gaiman for kids might be all I’m interested in reading by him anyway. Silly fun sounds great!

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  7. I read Neverwhere years ago and I can’t even remember much about it. I plan to read it again sometime, but I think I will definitely need to be in the mood for it. Fortunately, the Milk is definitely one of those fun books you can read any time. I hope you like it!


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