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Fortunately, the Milk . . . [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]

Neil Gaiman , Chris Riddell
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Children's Book of the Year 2013 (The Sunday Times)

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From multi-award-winning Neil Gaiman comes a spectacularly silly, mind-bendingly clever, brilliantly bonkers adventure - with lip-smackingly gorgeous illustrations by Chris Riddell.

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  • File Size: 260834 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (17 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even sick kids love Neil Gaiman 20 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video
A review by my 9 y-o son (who says he wishes he was old enough to go to the pub to hear people reading stories like the man in the review underneath - I explained he wouldn't want to hear all the stories told in pubs). The utterly lovely Neil Gaiman made my son's day by describing this as the 'best review ever' after seeing it on Twitter...


"Today I was sick. My mum doesn't always believe me when I say I'm sick, but my sister was sick yesterday so Mum said I could stay off school. `BUT,' she said, `Don't think you're going to be lazing around watching TV and playing on the computer all day.'

That was bad news. That is, indeed, what I was planning on doing. :(

I was bored, so Mum let me borrow her Kindle to read a book that was making her laugh, called, `Fortunately, the Milk...' by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Chris Riddell. I noticed that it had brilliant pictures in it - even on the Kindle! - and Mum said I could go on the iPad if I wanted to draw a front cover for the book. I did. Look...

(you can see the images at: [...]

There was something very good about this book. It was an `enhanced edition' which means that the writer reads the book out loud to you while you read it! This writer is a good reader and he didn't sound at all like the dalek voice that normally comes out of the Kindle. Mum said I could stay on the iPad if I wanted to draw a picture of the writer reading the book. But I can't draw good faces so I drew a picture of the Kindle talking. Then I labeled it `Kindle' because Mum asked what it was.

(you can see the images at: [...]

I started to read. This is me reading. And no. My face is NOT the book.

(you can see the images at: [...]

Everyone should read this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for kids aged 6 to 40+ 18 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Fortunately, the Milk..." a review - by John Hoggard aged 41 and 364/365ths.

The story tells a tale of a father who, on remembering that his children have no milk for their breakfast cereal, pops out to the corner shop to get some. The children then ponder what is taking him so long and when father eventually returns his tale is truly fantastical - involving Talking Dinosaurs, Time-Travel (handled very well!) and large dollops of humour. The children are not passive in the tale and keep interrupting the father when a potential plot-hole emerges in the narrative. The illustrations by Chris Riddell are beautiful and enhance the words on the page, and are equal in the story telling to the words for capturing the mood and humour in the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is brilliant! 17 Oct 2013
By braddie
I bought this for my 5 (almost 6) year old son. We were getting a bit fed up with the whole Beast Quest, Dinosaur cove, Roald Dahl cycle we were in (nothing wrong with those books, they are great but we needed a change!). I saw this in a book shop and the staff member couldn't speak more highly of it. My son has laughed out loud, as have I, and it's really good fun. If you are a fan of Gaiman's darker Coraline, I'm not sure this book is for you. It's funny, daft and has everything any child would want to read about. Vampires, dinosaurs, space and time travel! I was concerned that my son would be scared of the vampires, sorry wupires :) but not an issue. Great fun.
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95 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So, here's a funny story... 19 Sep 2013
Yesterday, I was on my way home from work. I'd finished early, having only had a half-day shift on Wednesday, and decided to meet up with some of my younger friends who had just this week began University.

As I walked into the student area of town, I found myself passing by the bookshop and seen the book sitting there, all very shiny and glistening. "Oh," I said, "Neil's got a new book out. That was quick." Then I bought it.

When I got to the student pub, it was full of half-drunk students and, as the only employed adult in the pub, it took me a while to find my friends. When I did, they asked me what was in my bookshop bag. I showed them the book, and before long, I wound up reading it to them.

More and more students began to gather around and listen.

Before too long, I was reading the entire story aloud to about twenty semi-intoxicated freshers, who would cheer along to the volcano god Splod and laugh at the vunderful wumpires. And sang their own dinosaur songs.

It was a very weird lunch....

So yeah, not just a book for kids. A book for crazy students with too much time on their hands, too.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A silly review for an even sillier book 21 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this book by Neil Gaiman for three reasons:
1) As far as I know, Fortunately, the Milk is the best title for a book that humankind has ever known. If you want to dispute this, then let me say something more difficult to dispute: Fortunately, the Milk is certainly the best title that has ever been invented for a story containing milk.
2) There is something for everyone in this story. And I do mean something for everyone. Throughout one father's quest to bring a carton of milk safely home to his children, there are encounters with aliens, dinosaurs (including a Stegosaurus inventor who flies a hot air balloon and a Tyrannosaurus Rex who fights intergalactic crime on a space bike), pirates, sparkly ponies, precious gemstones, an angry volcano god, and even time travel! Tired of reading about handsome, brooding vampires? Try wumpires for a change. They're perhaps an acquired taste, but at least they're different.
3) This story contains not only milk, but also a very healthy dose of wholesome nonsense. Our world has far too much sense in it, and reading this book will put some much-needed nonsense back into your life.

Bonus reason: The illustrations by Chris Riddell are beautiful, and without them this story would only be half as entertaining. I think Riddell accurately captured what a time-traveling Stegosaurus really looks like. Also, his illustrations of the father who buys the milk bear an uncanny resemblance to author Neil Gaiman (this is the main reason I chose the UK edition instead of the US edition).

Read this book. It will change your life! Okay, maybe not. But if you have ever had to go without cereal because there was no milk at home, you will appreciate Fortunately, the Milk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definite book to read.
I bought this book purely because of the amount of positive reviews for my eldest son (whose 8) and my nephew's 9th birthday. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by MadMommaB
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant book, really good fun and enjoyed the interactive...
Absolutely brilliant book, really good fun and enjoyed the interactive content. Read this as a bedtime story to my 6 year old daughter and she loved it!highly recommended
Published 14 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift for "children" of all ages
Absolutely wonderful. I'm a child of 53 and bought this for myself and LOVED it. Roll on grandchildren (or any deserving child) - read it aloud, share the joy, buy them a hard... Read more
Published 20 days ago by SMP
4.0 out of 5 stars Milky, milky
Great little story. Just the kind of thing that happens to me when I pop out for milk.

Young people will love this tale of the adventures a hapless Dad who takes... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mrs D
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and imaginative... Where else can you ...
Hilarious and imaginative ... Where else can you find time travelling dinosaurs and pirates and Errrrm .... Milk ?
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Dawn Stroud
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Aventure Read For Any Age
It's no secret that I saw the name Neil Gaiman, got interested, spotted the name Chris Riddell and immediately grabbed the book (albeit carefully, so as to not damage the book),... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss Victoria Ramage
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!!!
This book had my 7 year old son who is not really a reader hooked, he didn't want to put it down and finished reading it himself in 1 day, thank you Neil Gaiman, we need more... Read more
Published 2 months ago by flopsyb1
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tale to read and re-read
Together with my fellow (although much younger) reviewers, I found this fantastical tall story rather entertaining and beautifully illustrated. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ebook Proofreader
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a children's book but still a fun, but quick read
Yes, so this is a children's book and therefore a very quick read for adults but still fun and quirky with a good twist at the end that even grown ups will enjoy.
Published 2 months ago by dot dot dot
5.0 out of 5 stars For dads who love spinning tall tales and children who are prepared to...
I was lucky enough to watch Neil Gaiman read an extract from this fun book last year and immediately wanted to read what happened next. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MRS J A JOY
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