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Fortunately, the Milk . . . Hardcover – 17 Sep 2013
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Children's Book of the Year 2013 (The Sunday Times)
From multi-award-winning Neil Gaiman comes a spectacularly silly, mind-bendingly clever, brilliantly bonkers adventure - with lip-smackingly gorgeous illustrations by Chris Riddell.See all Product description
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"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...
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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.
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I started to read. This is me reading. And no. My face is NOT the book.
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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.
What a delightful nutty book! Yet again, Neil Gaiman makes it look easy as he switches from writing for adults to children with a flick of his pen.
The tale is one of those tall stories you would expect to hear from someone deliberately trying to cover their tracks when they've got a bit way laid. However in this book, the children are just a tad sceptical of their father's tale, which unfortunately is the way modern children are. When I was a child, I would have stared wide eyed at my father in complete belief of his story, where as kids today see through it straight away. The story reminded me of a scene in Miracle On 34th Street, right at the end, where you are all desperate to believe in Santa Claus - well Neil Gaiman had me wanting to believe this story was totally real!
This book is quite quick to read - I finished it within the hour and found myself going back to read it all over again as I enjoyed it so much.
I loved the wumpires! The world NEEDS MORE WUMPIRES! They had me sniggering with delight.
You can't review this book without mentioning the awesome illustrations by Chris Riddell, who has created an uncanny likeness in his character to Neil Gaiman...
This book is wacky, wild, weird and delightful Dahlesque!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clever, funny and very original - both my children absolutely loved it.Published 2 months ago by Annie Peters
Not just for kids! This book brightened up my evening. It took me 30 minutes to read this evening, but a youngster would be more inclined to read it slowly. RecommendedPublished 2 months ago by Helen L. Robson
Chris Riddell continues to amaze me with his amazing number of books. This time, I chose to read 'Fortunately the milk'. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bandbea
My 10 year loved this book and keeps quoting little bit from it! Definitely stirred his imaginationPublished 6 months ago by RebB
not fully read it but looks great and heard the story is great. gave away to family so now be back to buy another soon.
Bought enhanced edition. . Read more
Reading the other reviews and seeing that The Sunday Times said it was the 'children's book of the year', I expected big things from this book, but I strongly disliked it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rachel