In 2013 Neil Gaiman released his masterful, fresh children’s novel, Fortunately, the Milk. Simultaneously released as two separate versions. The American version featured the lovable artwork of Skottie Young. While the U.K. version reunited Gaiman with crafty Chris Riddell. Both artists representing the adventure/fantasy story with equal skill.
Fortunately, the Milk follows two young children and their father. When Mom is out of town she lists Dads responsibilities, the most important listed as DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Obviously Dad forgets or we wouldn’t have much of a story. The children wait at home with their dry cereal as Dad takes his time returning home. When Dad finally makes it back he explains his lengthy return. A magical tale about time travel, dinosaurs, pirates, aliens, vampires, the Eye of Splod and most fortunately, the milk.
This wide eyed adventure tale is fun from front to back. As the Fathers story escalates the more outlandish and improbable events take place. The children are as skeptical as the reader but the book leaves you with a sense of imagination and belief. The Dad is an entertaining character meeting upon hilarious people and creatures. Including his partner on the out of this world journey Professor Steg, a time travelling dinosaur in his ‘floaty ball person carrier’ or more commonly known as a hot air balloon.
Fortunately, the Milk is a 5/5 read for young and old alike. Neil Gaiman never fails to capture us in his worlds of wonder. I have read this book many times with my children. We enjoy it equally every time we read through. Also one of the only children’s books that sit on Dads bookshelf as oppose to the children’s.
Enjoy booknerds, don’t forget to bring some milk.