"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 best-selling author Neil Gaiman.
©2013 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
“Did you know that Neil Gaiman can sound like a stegosaurus, a pirate, a volcano god, and even a bunch of green blobby aliens? Not only that, but he sounds like he's having an utter ball while he narrates, and it's impossible not to be swept up into the brilliant, batty fun.” (AudioFile)
“…it’s hard not to love a novel that borrows equally from Calvin and Hobbes and The Usual Suspects. If you read only one book this year, a story with dancing dwarfs is always a wise choice.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Gaiman knocks it out of the park again with this imaginative story.” (School Library Journal)
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
It should be a walk down the street, but on a father's trip to buy some milk for his children's cereal (and probably also his tea), aliens show up (as they do), and kidnap him. Dad escapes by breaking the time space continuum and lands himself on a 17th a pirate ship, and here - things get a little weird.
Throughout the rest of the book there are vampyrs, time traveling dinosaurs, exploding volcanoes, oh-so-self-fulfilling prophecies, and other fun things.
Neil Gaiman's Fortunately, the Milk is at the exact opposite end of his fiction as The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I'm all for it. I love that Gaiman can write something as staggeringly powerful and hauntingly personal as The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and then turn around and bring us something as absurd and silly as this. It's a Dahl-esque tour with Dad as hero, with a stegosaurus inventor riding shotgun in a hot air balloon (sorry! Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier). It reminded me of James and the Giant Peach and Gaiman's own The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish as well as his poem "The Day the Saucers Came." If you enjoyed those books, this one's right up your alley. It's a fun book, completely devoid of anything creepy/scary, and I can't wait to listen to it with my children.
Gaiman himself narrates it, and really, who else could possibly read it as well as him? He's a commanding reader, and it's great to hear him cut loose and be silly for an hour.
Professor Steg, the stegosaurus inventor says it best: "Where there is milk, there is hope." Well here, there be milk. And lots of it.
Say something about yourself!
This is a delightful romp in which the father of the house, who takes rather a long time in fetching milk for his children's morning cereal at the corner shop, explains his tardiness with a story of an adventure -- his adventure and the milk's. He claims that he (and the milk) were abducted by aliens, captured by pirates, rescued by a dinosaur scientist in a hot-air balloon, threatened by "wumpires," almost sacrificed by jungle villagers to appease their god, and taken forward and backward in time. The milk plays a starring role, as you might expect.
The stories within the larger narrative are appropriately funny, scary, and gross for children's tastes, but older listeners will appreciate the layered humor (including friendly pokes at both My Little Pony and the Twilight series, and mention of "great old dinosaur songs" such as "Don't Go Down to the Tar Pits, Dear, Because I'm Getting Stuck On You").
Neil Gaiman's narration is like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every possible way.
This is not a classic, perhaps, but it's a great deal of fun.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
The special inventor Professor Stegosaurus loves nutty cereal with orange juice but the father went out to get milk for his children because there was no milk for their cereal! I love the adventure that Neil Gaimon takes us on, especially the big limey green stone and other fantabulous colors. The milk gets carried on each kidnapping and each place the adventure takes the father. A great hour of silliness and the perfect explore for kids of all ages.
The story is about a Dad who goes out to get milk for the kids breakfast. He comes back without the milk, but he has a very good excuse. Dad starts to tell his kids the story of what happened to the milk and a lot of wonderful silliness ensues.
This was the most light hearted story I've ever read from Gaiman and he did a darn good job reading it. Five stars.
It's great for any one young or old! I highly recommend it to anyone who has kids or is a kid at heart! It's a delight!
The father! I hope he tells more stories through this father.
my three boys loved all the playful adventure. They were excited to share the story with me and I very much enjoyed listening to it and hope to hear more like it in the future.
Wonder mashup of popular imagery from children's literature. Funny, frothy, and fresh. Pour it on.
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