Review: Fortunately, the Milk

Posted 5 April, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 10 Comments

Fortunately the Milk
By: Neil Gaiman
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

“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 New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young teaming up for a novel? Omg, count me in! Sure, the plot summary as to what the book is about tells me absolutely nothing, but it looks so amusing, how could I say no? Plus, seeing Skottie Young illustrate for middle school/young adult novels is a plus (he does a lot of the variant illustrations for comic books, I strongly recommend checking out some of his stuff because they are hilarious!)

But moving along, wow, what can I say about this book? It was such a delightful read, and quite an unexpected one at that. I thought the kids were going to be the protagonists partaking on the adventure, so imagine my surprise when it turned out to be their slightly absent-minded father narrating the tale! It’s fun and timey-whimey and funny (with a bit of meta/pop culture thrown in there); no matter if you’re the target audience or you’re an adult, I think you’ll really enjoy this little tale of a father who just went out to buy some milk for his kids’ breakfast only to be swept away across time.

Can I also say how much this book cracks me up because of the British mannerisms? This was one of my favourite lines in the book:

“Thank you, by the way,” said a little thin man. “I was going to be the sacrifice if no one else turned up. Much obliged.”

And not to go into details but the end of the novel was fantastic! The father’s last panel had me cracking up so much, I loved it.

It’s a relatively short, straight-forward, but fun novel so yeah, my review of it is equally short. But suffice to say I really enjoyed reading it, it was a nice break from everything else I’ve bee reading. Skottie Young’s illustrations added to Neil Gaiman’s story, bringing scenes to light and adding more humour to the story. Definitely worth checking out, I highly recommend it! 😀

Rating: ★★★★★

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10 Responses to “Review: Fortunately, the Milk”

    • It’s also a quick read, which is a bonus! But yeah, I hope you enjoy it 😀 Methinks I’ll revisit it sometime soon, it was a lot of fun.

    • Definitely worth owning a copy of! 😀 I was also impressed by the quality of the paper and the cover texture on the paperback edition 🙂

  1. I read Stardust and one short story by Gaiman and didn’t like either, so even though I see this book at the library all the time, I never checked it out. Since you gave it five stars, though, I might have to give Gaiman’s work another chance.

    • Sorry to hear about Stardust and the short story, maybe this one might be a different experience? Or if anything I hope Skottie Young’s illustrations amuse you! 😀

  2. I love Neil Gaiman, but I haven’t heard of this one! It seems to be a little bit more lighthearted than The Graveyard Book, but I can still see his style in the line you shared 🙂 I’ll be checking out more about this one. I don’t know much about Skottie, but I love the cover! Thanks for the recommendation, and great review 😀


    • Much much lighter than The Graveyard Book, definitely! You’re in for a treat with Skottie Young’s work; I was introduced to his stuff through the variant Marvel comics covers and am glad to see him branching out to illustrations in books and his own comic book series. Thanks for dropping by my blog, I hope you enjoy Fortunately, the Milk if and when you do pick it up 😀

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