"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.
Enjoyable family listen. My kids loved the variety of characters. It reminded them of a fairy tale. It made for a great discussion of what the dad had really been up to.
I really enjoy Neil Gaiman and his reading of his own work. This was no exception. A tall tale told to children from their father, it reminded me of my childhood, and that's just wonderful when listening to a children's book!
I liked the way the children questioned the father.
I loved the audio version but I also have the Kindle version because of the illustrations.
It's a delightful fish story and Gaiman tells it with a straight face.
It definitely made me laugh.
This is a perfect book for 5+ yr olds....especially if they like dinosaurs. Neil Gaiman's vivid child-like imagination soars in this tale about a father going to the shop to get milk for his children's breakfast. it reminds me of stories my daughters used to tell when they tried to explain away a glass of spilled milk or broken crockery. It is like an old movie serial with places where the hero is in danger and the movie (chapter) stops just before the hero gets rescued only to be thrown into a more difficult situation. I also love listening to anything Mr. Gaiman wants to read. His reading of the material is perfect.
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