Primary Genre(s): Children, Fantasy
Published: 17 Sep 2013 by HarperCollins
Page count: 113 (print)
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
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.
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:
- This book is completely outlandish, excitingly adventurous, and extraordinarily magical!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- The pacing was awesome, the characters were fun and crazy, and the situation was enjoyable nonsense from start to finish.
- 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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