Fortunately, the Milk

Fortunately, the Milk

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An absolute delight of a madcap story for the young (and young-at-heart) by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with equal parts pirates and piranhas, adventure and aliens, oddity and love.

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062332080
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 635,567
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Skottie Young is an award-winning cartoonist and writer who illustrates New York Times bestselling adaptations of L. Frank Baum's Oz novels for Marvel Entertainment. His unique art style and sensibilities have drawn acclaim worldwide, earning him multiple Eisner Awards. He has worked in comics, toys, and animation for Marvel, Warner Bros., Image Comics, Mattel, Cartoon Network, and many more. Skottie lives in Illinois.

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Fortunately, the Milk 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman is a hilarious book about what happens when Mom isn’t home and Dad is left in charge. When the family finds themselves with no milk for breakfast, Dad goes to the store to pick some up. When he finally returns home, he tells a tall tale about aliens, space-time travel, pirates, and other crazy things! This book has an interesting take on dads and fatherhood, making the very ordinary seem amazing, and reminding us how fun it can be to use our imaginations. This book is also an excellent read for young children. The narrator is a young boy, who writes in short sentences that are very clear and easy to understand. It contains excellent descriptive language when discussing Dad’s excellent tale, and will make kids laugh out loud while reading. You can’t get much better than that! Overall, I would not hesitate to purchase this book, especially if you have a 3rd, 4th, or 4th grade boy wanting to get lost in a good book. It’s definitely worth the read! Submitted by Danielle Padgett
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! It's as if a group of kids did a round robin story, & Neil Gaiman put it all fantastically together!
jdbrowning More than 1 year ago
New Gaiman, always satisfies. Neil is a pioneer in the writing world and is always fresh and exciting. His work across the spectrum of literature is amazing. If you haven't read his prose, or his graphic novels you are missing the gamut of a genius just sitting there taking us to places that allow us to feel better. Start here but expand your vision and seek it all out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gaiman does it again!   Inventive, original, and written in a unique voice that could only come from Neil Gaiman, may he live forever.  Perfect.  Read this aloud to your kids and just see if they can keep from giggling. :-) 
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Fortunately, The Milk is the fourth book for young readers by British author, Neil Gaiman. Mum’s away, Dad’s in charge and there’s no milk for breakfast. Dad pops down to the corner shop to get some, but seems to take forever to get back. He explains to his sceptical son and daughter just what took him so long.  The back cover blurb of this book claims that no Green Globby Aliens, no Pirates, no Angry Volcano Gods demanding human sacrifice, no Intergalactic Police, and no Hot Air Balloon piloted by an accomplished Stegosaurus feature, but, while not wishing to include a spoiler, this is patently false. All these things, and many more, do appear in the pages of this book. Gaiman delights young (and maybe not-so-young) readers with a brilliantly inventive plot while Chris Riddell enhances the text with lots of marvellous illustrations. A fun read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize at first that this was such a short book when I first saw and purchased it on my Nook. But after reading it, it was refreshingly random and hilarious in a similar style to the previous book I read by Gaiman, Good Omens. Meant for bedtime reading to little ones, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Who would’ve guessed a bottle of milk can lead to so much adventure?! Of course, that’s exactly what would happen if you leave dad in charge of the household and kids while mom’s away. Grumpy-looking aliens, eighteenth-century pirates, a stegosaurus with a temperamental time-machine, a jungle, a volcano, ponies, vampires, and three purple dwarfs...this charming tale of adventure is just filled with all the goodies that would set a child’s imagination alight!    The illustrations are on the dot, making this an even more fun read than the narrative alone. In many ways the images reminded me of Tim Burton’s movie interpretation of Coraline, but without the nightmarish bits. This is the second novella of Gaiman’s I’ve read, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he is a masterful storyteller with a wicked imagination. Fortunately, the Milk is the ideal bedtime read to send your little one off to dreamland with a smile!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the premise for the story was interesting, it went on far too long. Both myself and my grandson were looking for an end to the dad's dilemma. Unfortunately we grew tired of the complications encountered and never finished the book.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Fun and full of adventure
Anonymous 8 months ago
I liked it
Anonymous 11 months ago
I have read this to my kids repeatedly and it never fails to entertain me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time understsnding the story a lot and was hard to keep up with
LovelessDegrees More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by Neil Gaiman and I loved it so much! It’s so fun and great to read aloud and I finished it within an hour. I referenced this book in an essay for VCFA, which was fun to write. I love how this book is one part Doctor Who, one part The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and one part The Usual Suspects! It really fits with all the elements at play in the book. The overall story is cute and lighthearted, perfect for a bedtime story with children, or those who are a child-at-heart. I recommend this book to everyone!
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Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman has been on my radar since I listened to one of his novels on audio this summer. Another blogger brought this novel to my attention a couple weeks ago as she read this children’s story to her son and they really enjoyed it. This is one wacky read and I can see how kids would love to have this one read to them or read it themselves. I got lost just looking at the black-n-white illustrations that accompany the text for they are wonderful and your imagination just soars looking at them. You might find these illustrations wrapping around the text or falling off the page, just like the illustrations, this novel is quite stimulating and energizing and I never knew exactly what might happen when I turned the page. If dad had just gotten the milk for their breakfast as mum had suggested before she left for her conference, this novel would never had taken place but dad forgot and now he was on a milk run and quite a milk run it was! He left for the corner store and before you knew it, he met a spaceship, then there were pirates and a ship, a hot-air balloon, dinosaurs, a jungle, and I could go on for father experienced countless adventures, all a part of his milk run. Will his children believe his story when he finally returns? It’s a cute, entertaining story all because dad forgot to get the milk. Be ready to use your imagination, be ready to smile and remember that anything goes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hay dood :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will read this to my future children! It is a fantastic story for all ages. It is the first book I have read by Neil Gaiman. I love it!
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Coreena More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book for kids with fantastic illustrations with an interesting story full of imagination. I read this one to my daughter and she loved it. She liked how the father had all sorts of crazy adventures on his way to get milk for his children. There are pirates and dinosaurs and hot air balloons, among other things, all tied together with the phrase, "fortunately, the milk." This would also be a good book for early or reluctant readers because it moves along quickly and has so many wonderful illustrations. It is almost a cross between a novel and a graphic novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book hooked my kids so easily and loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Neil Gaiman.This book is fun for everyone of all ages.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book really funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was a young boy I fell in love with Ray Bradbury, he was a marvelous combination of humor and lyricism and horror...when he died I wondered if I would ever find another writer to take his place. Neil Gaiman has done that, "fortunately the milk" is a truly delightful little children's book for adults. Everyone should read it, and buy a copy of it to give to their friends.