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Fortunately, the Milk
- By: Neil Gaiman
- Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
- Length: 58 mins
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.
Where There Is Milk, There Is Hope
- By Dave on 09-21-13
Gaiman for the chocolate milk set
I had no intention of listening to this title until my 8-year-old daughter began commuting with me to a summer camp near my workplace, but I am so glad that I did. It's a fast audio-read, so due to one very-well timed traffic wreck ahead of us, we were able to finish this in one single and very long commute. My daughter was so enamored with this silly and smart book that she insisted on more Gaiman (we followed this with "Coraline" which was another hit).
In creating "Fortunately, the Milk", Gaiman managed to channel his inner protective father, weird uncle, creative little boy, and "Hitchhikers' Guide" fan all at the same time. It's a child's story, but Gaiman never once panders to his audience. Instead, he invites them along for one wild ride - which consists of the rather lengthy (and seriously creative) reason that a father is so late in arriving back home with milk for his children's cereal. I don't want to give away any surprises, so I'll simply say that "Milk" is full of adventure and surprises with lots of twists and turns.
It's a simple concept that is flawlessly executed with warmth and hilarity. It's the perfect "Starter Gaiman", and I'd recommend this for audiences aged 6 and up.