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! 😀