Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

I am slightly lost in space and time right now and I need to get home in order to make sure my children have milk for their breakfast.

The milk. It’s all gone. But there is cereal and tea to be had. Things that cannot be had without the milk. So, the father steps out to buy milk so he can feed his kids and enjoy his tea. This seemingly simple errand turns into a grand adventure for this daddy, thus creating a marvellous story full of imagination. 

Fortunately, the Milk is a wonderfully delightful book by Sir Gaiman that’s adorably comical and creative. This is the type of book that every parent should read to their children, with full on theatrical voices and impersonations. It’s just so much fun with a cute cast of creatures and characters to not act it all out! 

If you need another reason to dig into this title, what about positive themes concerning friendship and diversity among people? How about the fact that you really can’t judge a person by their appearance? The least likely of folks can surprise you in the most amazing of ways? Female empowerment? Skim milk really is gross? These are a handful of the themes that are fluidly sewn into a story that’s created to impart a bit of magic and excitement into a dreadfully dull errand. 

I recommend this to everyone–parents, children, cats, and aliens–who love fantastic storytelling and the warmth, magical, fun that comes with being a kid. Everyone has a child inside of them waiting to experience the wonder and joy that is Fortunately, the Milk!

5 dinosaurs outta 5!

4 thoughts on “Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

  1. This book is literally my fave and will be sitting around on my shelves waiting for a tiny spawn to read it repeatedly. I love how colorful the cover is for this version, so I might have to see if I can find it to compare it with the one I have that’s illustrated by Scottie Young. There is already a noticeable difference between his and Chris Riddell’s drawings, so I wonder if that would have any affect on my rereading. Great review!

    • This Edition came in a box set with Coraline and The Graveyard Book. They’re done with vibrant covers and artwork done by Chris Riddell. I think it’s a British box-set (maybe), but I found it on amazon for about $20. 🙂 I enjoy Riddell’s art, I think it’s the perfect compliment to Gaiman’s stories! Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I appreciate it very much.

  2. This sounds perfect for my little ones. My older two–third graders–are independent readers, but we still enjoy reading aloud to each other (with theatrical voices, of course!).

    • That’s so cool, haha. Yeah, I definitely recommend this book then. It will be so much fun for sure. 🙂 There’s artwork in it, all black and white sketches, of the goofy characters. I love that the father in the book looks like Sir Gaiman. I think you all will enjoy it!

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