Title: Fortunately, The Milk
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Source: Purchased (Hardcover)
“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.
Last year was an AWESOME year. Do you know why? Because Neil Gaiman released TWO books.
I am a HUGE Neil Gaiman fan, so this made me super excited. Of course, the borderline-strange book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, came out first. I read it and thought it was typical Neil and then wondered what his middle grade book would be like. Could it live up to Ocean and the imagination put forth on its pages?
Yes. Yes, it could — it did.
This was such a fun book. It’s a middle grade book, so obviously a quick read, but one that I still tried to take my time with. One thing I really loved about this book was how the idea kind of tied into that of Ocean. In Ocean, we get a young boy telling a story and in the end I wondered how much of it was true — it’s a young boy’s imagination, so could he have made some of it up? And in this story, we have a dad telling a story of getting the milk — it’s obvious that it’s made up, which makes it so much fun, mainly because of the absurdity of the whole story. It was great to get that little inkling of an idea that carried through both stories — one that was a little more serious and a little more spine-chilling, and one that was a little more silly and, well, just silly!
Of course, I can’t talk about the story without talking about the illustrations. They were perfect for the story! My husband actually had to comment on the fact that I was reading a book with pictures, but when it’s a Neil Gaiman book, I’ll read ANYTHING. The pictures weren’t too cluttered in the book and I liked how the odd bit of the story didn’t stick with the same typography. It all just worked.
The only thing that confused me a bit was the POV of the story. At one point, the dad is telling the story and it flips between him and his son, so you have to be paying attention to see who’s talking. But that’s really the only thing — and it was probably only me who had a bit of confusion!
This book will go on the shelf with all of my other Neil Gaiman middle grade favourites — I really can’t wait to read it with my kids!