Title: Fortunately, the Milk…
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Children’s book/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Opening lines: “…There was only Orange Juice in the Fridge …”
Blurb: You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got to do. 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.
My Thoughts: Adults often accuse children of coming up with some fantastical tales when giving reasons as to why they did (or didn’t do) something that may mean they’re in trouble. But what if the tables were turned? How would children react to a fantastical tale from a parent? When you start to read FORTUNATELY, THE MILK you know how fantastical the book is going to be when the reasonable explanation offered by the father as to why he took so long to get the milk starts:
‘…”I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: Thumm Thumm. 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.” “That wasn’t odd? I asked.
“Well something odder,” said my father….’
So starts the funny madcap adventure of a father who looks remarkably like Neil Gaiman. His children are not stupid – they keep asking pointed questions which send their quick-thinking father’s story off on another tangent. There are encounters with aliens, intergalactic dinosaur policemen on space bikes, hungry piranhas, and a Stegosaurus inventor who flies a hot air balloon, pirates, sparkly ponies, an angry volcano god, wumpires and even some time travel! Oh I loved the wumpires! There is something for everybody in FORTUNATELY, THE MILK, a surprise and a laugh on every page along with the most amazing illustrations by Chris Riddell. Although aimed at the 8-12 age group there are some references that will go straight over their head for the pleasure of the reading parent.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it and is a book I will be recommending to all my friends.
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With thanks to Bloomsbury Books and the author via Allen and Unwin.
Allen & Unwin recommended retail price is $17.99