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Fortunately, the Milk

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  23,841 ratings  ·  3,990 reviews
"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 an
Hardcover, 114 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2013)
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Rachel Hamilton
A review by my 9 y-o son, described by the utterly lovely Neil Gaiman as the 'best review ever':

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 l
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
A quirky, weird, and fun book! I wouldn't expect anything less from Neil Gaiman. :P
Brendon Schrodinger
It was a rainy morning and I felt like reading Neil's new book 'Fortunately, the Milk'. So I popped on my favourite astronaut t-shirt and caught the bus to my local bookstore, Snuffin and Kooks. I looked high and low for Neil's book, but all that was there were stacks of Paranormal Romance as far as I could see.

"Excuse me," I said to the nearest droopy-eyed sales attendant. "Do you have Neil Gaiman's new book, 'Fortunately, the Milk'?"

She rolled her eyes so far back that I thought for a moment
Fortunately, I read this book ;) Quite funny and entertaining. It's a really quick read. I did it on an hour. And for that hour I had such wonderful time. In an hour I was lost in time, meeting fantastic characters and laughing. If you decide to read it, keep in mind that it's a short story oriented for children, so please, don't harm the rating of this sweet book just because you were expecting "Neil Gaiman, the great mind behind Sandman and American Gods". He is not here. You will find "Neil G ...more
I listened to this on audiobook during a car trip with my oldest boy, (Oot, Age 4.5).

We both really enjoyed it. Though didn't get to see the illustrations, we got to hear Neil himself reading it, and he's a very, very good narrator. If you've never heard him reading his own stuff, you're really missing out.
Jul 15, 2013 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: ♥Rachel♥

A story can be found in every moment, step, and nook & cranny in life. Even a quick trip out for milk can turn into an adventure. Especially with Neil Gaiman around! The man has once again stolen my heart, giggles, and smile with a nonstop, swashbuckling spin through time and space with pirates, aliens, and wumpires. Come on, let go, and allow your imagination to wander around in Neil Gaiman’s head for a bit.

Our story begins in the kitchen. Two kids, with dashed hopes and dry cereal, stare
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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What happens when Mom is away at a conference and Dad is left in charge? Well, of course they run out of milk. Follow along on Dad’s remarkable expedition to retrieve more milk. His adventure is filled with hot air balloons, dinosaurs, aliens, ponies, vampires and a talking volcano???

Gaiman could write anything – I mean absolutely ANYTHING and I would read it, so when this definitely-written-for-kids children’s novel popped up on a Ga
Karl Orbell
Right, well here I am cheating a bit - as I did not physically read this book. Neil Gaiman read it to me, in person! Chris Riddell drew pictures to help illustrate the story in the background on a screen and Lenny Henry even helped out with some of the voices. Other musicians and actresses were involved, quite a big event. (His wife, Amanda Palmer, even turned up to play her ukulele unexpectedly, with a customised version of a song tailored to sell the book. ;-)

What a magnificent evening.

The sto

Mum's gone away on a business trip and has left Dad in charge. Uh-Oh! She leaves a really, really long list of what he's got to do while she's gone. And the most important thing is DON'T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back. Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the
Thank god for Skottie Young, his expressive and original style was the thing that kept me turning the pages. It's hard for me to say that because I want to like Neil Gaiman. And I am OBSESSED with The Graveyard Book, and I've been trying to find some other work of his to praise, but unfortunately this isn't it.
It's an okay book. The story is kinda cute, in a cutesy rambling sarcastic way. It seems forced and quickly told, like Neil was at a party telling this story and someone wrote it down and
Kristina Horner
Delightful, fun and a super quick read. I adored the artwork.
This book is perfect for a readathon. :)
Jan 24, 2014 Ronyell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Huge fans of Neil Gaiman's works!!!
Recommended to Ronyell by: Brenda

I have read many books by Neil Gaiman that were either children’s books or adult books, but Neil Gaiman’s most recent book, “Fortunately, the Milk,” has to be one of the most surreal and light-hearted books out of his collection!

The story starts off with a young boy and his little sister running out of milk and their father ends up going to the store to buy some more milk. However, when the father vanishes for a long time and he finally comes back home, his kids wonder where he had been. The f
It is funny to think that the author who wrote American Gods also wrote this delightful story book for children. It tells the tale of a father who goes out to buy milk for the children's breakfast and seems to take a very long time. When he gets back he explains why he took so long and suffice it to say his explanation involves dinosaurs, pirates, time travel and space monsters. The book is beautifully written and illustrated and is an ideal read for children and for adults who are still young a ...more
হা হা হা হা ভালই মজা পেলাম ভিননধরমী একটা উপনযাসিকা পড়ে। বলা যায় লমবা লমবা চাপাবাজির কষেতরে আমাদের বঙগের কিংবদনতীসম লেখক পরেমেনদর মিতরকে পরায় দৌড় করিয়ে ছেড়েছেন নীল গাইমযান! এক বাবা ছেলেমেয়েদের সকালের নাসতা জনয দুধ কিনতে বের হয়ে অনেক দেরি করে ফিরেন, যদিও ছেলেমেয়ে দুজন ঠিকই আনদাজ করে নিয়েছে বাবা নিশচয়ই তার কোন পরিচিত মানুষের সাথে গলপে মজে যাওয়ায় এই দেরি হয়েছে, কিনতু তাদের বাবা শোনালেন দুধ কিনে ফেরা পথে তাঁর অতযাশচরয ঘটনাবহুল এক অযাডভেঞচারের কাহিনী, যাতে এলিয়েন-ডায়নোসর-জলদসযু-আদিবাসী-ভযামপায়ার-রাকষু ...more
Cait Grace
This is such a wild, wild little adventure. I though it was middle-grade, but it's more children's-reader-style. There's a LOT of illustrations and the font is large. It has a very British tone, too, which I adore. So it wasn't quite what I thought it'd be...I still liked it. I ate it in like 15mins.

So basically the story is about a dad who goes to get milk for his kids...and goes on a whirlwind adventure in the process. The kids are at home, staring at their dry cereal, while their dad gets kid
I went into this book with pretty modest expectations. I love Neil Gaiman, but I tend to prefer his adult books to his children's books. This book, however, reminded me of something my father would have read to me as a kid. Probably complete with voices. He would love the sense of humor, and I can picture this as having been one of the books he read to my sister and I, over and over again.
I really did love it. The pictures worked so well with the story, and added so much. It reminded me of Wher
This was a really fun story
Deborah Markus
"We can't eat our cereal," said my sister, sadly.

"I don't see why not," said my father. "We've got plenty of cereal. There's Toastios and there's muesli. We have bowls. We have spoons. Spoons are excellent. Sort of like forks, only not as stabby."

That's how you know it's by Neil Gaiman, and how you know that when the children explain that they still can't eat their cereal because they're out of milk, the story of how their father manages to get them some (and save the universe in the process) wi
After carelessly browsing to buy me a new bed all day on Sunday, I end up with no bed and three books (I have a rule, and three is a lucky number!). Imagine my surprise when I see Neil Gaiman's new book in a bookstore in Bulgaria only several days after it's publication--"This must be my lucky day", I say to myself, and snatch one of the two available copies. I immediately make some lame excuse to my friends about some stupid things I have to deal with, just so that I can go home and read the bo ...more
I've come to realize that I have sort of a "love-meh" relationship with Neil Gaiman's books.

While I absolutely adore his books that are targeted towards a younger audience (Coraline; The Graveyard Book; Fortunately, the Milk), I somehow cannot bring myself to be more than mildly interested in the others, which are mainly for adults (American Gods, Anansi Boys, Good Omens).

Maybe it's because Gaiman is PHENOMENAL at writing for kids. His words, the imagination behind his stories bring out the kid
What a silly-willy little sci-fi adventure for children! When mom is gone and dad forgets to get milk (like mom told him to do) dad rushes to the store, but on the way back home is detained by a montage of alien creatures.

Super fun and quick read with great illustrations! (love the wumpires, the "secret" chocolate mushroom experiment and Gaiman!)

I had really high expectations for this book based on a few reviews I had read. I had never read any Gaiman books, and although I'd decided he probably wasn't my cup of tea, I decided to give this a go anyway.

Thoughts? It was a a definite, lukewarm "meh". I really liked the illustrations, but the story seemed rushed and haphazardly slapped together. I really hate that in books! I think children's books are especially hard to write because like short stories, the window you have to involve your

This was a funny and entertaining little read.
It was a delightful story about a dad who goes out to buy some milk so his kids can have breakfast… And he returns to tell them about the absurd adventure he went on whilst trying to get back home.
It had aliens, time travel, pirates, vampires, dinosaurs, and even a volcano. They were all causing mayhem and getting in the way of the dad returning home with the milk. It was all so wonderfully silly and charming… Who knew milk could be used to
The story is amusing and the illustrations are even nicer.
Friedrich Nietzche pernah bilang : di dalam jiwa setiap kita, ada anak kecil yang ingin bermain. Cuma saja, dunia dewasa yang sinis cenderung mengubur si anak kecil itu. Kalo yang dikatakan Nietzche itu benar, maka Neil Gaiman bisa menjadi contoh dan Fortunately, The Milk adalah pembuktiannya. Mungkin sewaktu menulis buku ini, Gaiman membiarkan sisi anak kecilnya yang menentukan jalan cerita.

Kenapa saya bilang gitu?
Karena berkaca pada dongeng ala adik saya semasa dia kecil.
Jadi orang tua saya it
Neil Gaiman rocks my socks. :D

When I first heard of his tour by this name, I wasn't aware that it was a book. (I mean, Neil is an interesting fellow, and so who knows what kind of things he gets up to in his spare time. Maybe he decided to do a tour to let children know about the benefits of milk? I dunno.)

So when I found out that it was a book, I was all excitedhappylike because with very rare exception, I love his books. His children's books are just as enjoyable as his adult books, just in
Mayra Sigwalt
Ameii isso aqui!! Ri alto com as coisas malucas que ele fala e é uma história que com certeza gostaria com contar pros meus filhos!
O meu é ilustrado pelo Chris Riddel, meu favorito entre os ilustradores do Neil Gaiman. Que leitura deliciosa!
-Neil Gaiman her zamanki gibi harika zaten.
-Bu defa kitabın içindeki illüstrasyonlar ise ayrı bir harikaydı. Kitaptaki bu çizimleri görünce aklıma iki yıl önce sınıfta ders sırasında telefonuma bakarak çizdiğim bir resim geldi. Oz Büyücüsü'nün çizgi roman versiyonundan alıp çizmiştim bu resmi ve şimdi bu kitaptaki çizimlere bakınca çizim tarzlarını birbirlerine çok benzettim. Meğer gerçekten iki kitabın da çizerleri aynı kişiymiş:)
İşte bu, telefonuma yüklediğim resim:
Bu da ders sırasında çizdiğ
R.S. Carter
I read this with my son - PERFECT for an almost-seven-year-old. It had everything to keep his imagination busy: aliens, dinosaurs, pirates, cavemen, volcanoes, vampires, time travel, sharks and piranhas!

And don't forget the milk. An alternate title is: How Milk Saved The World!

Lots of drawings and imaginative artwork for children as well. He loved examining each image and telling me about them! Highly recommended for night time reading with your kids - not scary at all.
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