Book Review: Fortunately, the Milk
Happy Friday Eve Book Lovers!
I hope you’re having a wonderful St. Patties Day and wearing lots of green! I’m visiting with some friends after work today and am grateful to be able to relax a bit. This week has been too stressful!
Back to the post at hand, it’s book review time again!
This time I read Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman.
I don’t normally read children’s books, but lately my mental health has been doing something of a spiral, so I wasn’t quite ready to get back to catching up on my more adult-focused TBR.
About a month ago, I did a mini book haul at my local Half-Price Books with my mom. At the time, I was feeling overwhelmed too, so I only bought children’s or YA books.
I’ve always loved Neil Gaiman’s books aimed towards younger audiences (I feel he tries too hard with his adult-centered books), so this was an obvious first choice from my book haul.
So, how was this book? Keep on reading for the review!
“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.
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What a delightful read!
Being an adult can be lame, and this nonsensical, whimsical adventure was just what I needed.
This children’s book is about two kids whose Mom is out of town. Their dad stays with them and was supposed to get some milk, but he forgot so he has to run by the store. When he returns much later than anticipated, the kids demand to know what took him so long. Thus begins the dad’s epic fantastical story!
The dad tells them of a bizarre journey through time and space, all in his quest to protect and deliver the milk he’d gotten for them.
I loved the funny hodgepodge of creatures we saw. We got some goopy aliens, some creepy wumpires, dangerous pirates, and even some time-travelling dinosaurs. The dad’s partner through his quest was a silly stegosaurus in a hot air balloon, and their interactions were so funny!
There was a lightness about this journey that I loved, and although not everything made complete sense, it’s not supposed to.
There may be a slight language barrier for younger kids and the pace might be a bit too fast for some, but I truly enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more younger-focused works by Gaiman. Give it a try!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!