Book Review: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

“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 and illustrated by Skottie Young.

5 cupcakes

Fortunately, the Milk is just as quirky and imaginative as Gaiman’s other works, but a fair bit more lighthearted and humorous as it’s geared towards a younger audience. That’s not to say that adults won’t enjoy it as well; this time-traveling adventure involving pirates, wumpires, a Stegosaurus, aliens, and, of course, milk, should bring out the inner child of even the most jaded individuals. The story is complemented perfectly by Skottie Young’s illustrations in a style that reminded me strongly of a Tim Burton movie.

Overall, Fortunately, the Milk just solidifies my belief that Neil Gaiman can do no wrong – or, in this case, that he is incapable of writing a book that isn’t completely enthralling and filled to the brim with magic. If a clever, intergalactic adventure appeals to you, I highly, highly recommend giving it a try.

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