Book Review: “Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman

IMG_1019 5 out of 5 Stars! (Mom and son agree!)

I have to admit, I picked Fortunately, The Milk for my son solely due to the cover and the fact that Neil Gaiman wrote it. I was at my favorite local bookstore and I picked it up. I had no idea what it was about.

It sat on the shelf for a bit before my son took the time to read it. He said, “mama, you really need to read this. It is so fun!”

So based on his recommendation I did. And I loved it!

The story is about a family who runs out of milk and dad goes to the store to get more for breakfast. But he takes a really long time to come back from the store and the kids get mad about it and ask where he was. He starts to explain everything that happened. He met a dinosaur. He went in a “Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier”. The story keeps building and building. There are aliens and pirates, ponies and wumpires (not the handsome, brooding kind). Fun and adventure ensue!

This book is such a wonderful piece of storytelling and for children to have something this imaginative on their shelves is such a wonderful thing. I love how the kids realize at the end how the dad came up with the story. I wish I was as good a story teller as this dad, and he definitely gave me some hints on how I can be better!

The recommended ages for this book are 8-12 years old, but younger children will love having it read to them. The illustrations by Skottie Young are really fun and detailed and my son loved examining them closely. My son says the illustrations are “really good and fun” (he asked me to add this!). It all reminded me a bit of Roald Dahl, but was really fresh and didn’t feel like a complete copy.

We highly recommend taking this adventure (and to read this book)!

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