“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 story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.
In Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman explores the adventure of a father who is left with his two children when the wife goes away for a few days. They run out of milk for the cereals (because, you can’t eat cereals without milk, right?) so the father goes out to get a bottle of milk.
When he returns home with the milk, he tells his children a tale of alien abduction, pirate plank walking, time travel, “wumpires” and a very smart Stegosaurus, among many other things. Oh yes, (very smart) ponies included. Through all the troubles and near death experience, dad, manages to save, fortunately, the milk.
With all the hodgepodge characters he literally throws in, Gaiman writes with such a whimsical and humorous style for the silliness and hi-jinks in the book, making it exciting and action paced. He fills the books with characters for both genders, pirates and galactic police dinosaurs for the excited little boy and very smart ponies and (misunderstood) “wumpires” for dreamy little girls.
But does it make any sense? It does because at the center of it all is the love of the father to his children. He shows that fathers, although seemingly not to care, are in fact loving, in their own way. They may not cuddle and hug, but they wouldn’t mind riding a “Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier” with a very smart stegosaurus just to get home to his kids with milk for their cereals (and maybe some for his tea).
Of course, it wouldn’t be a children’s book if there weren’t any illustrations. Riddled with wonderful illustrations by Skottie Young, Fortunately, The Milk is a wonderful wonderful read, for children and adults alike.