By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Skottie Young
Narrated by Neil Gaiman
Published on: September 30, 2014
What a completely unexpected treat. Well, it’s Neil Gaiman so it is not completely unexpected. But – oh my goodness – this book is crazy fun with one long oddball story about what took a father so long to get the milk for that morning’s cereal.
“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.
Based on the number of reviews this book has on Amazon and GoodReads, I must be the absolutely last person to read/listen to this book. In Fortunately, the Milk a father goes out to the corner store to buy milk for the cereal and tea, but then doesn’t come back in what seems to be ages and ages for the children. They were even talking about how they might have to eat pickles for breakfast. But when he eventually comes back they accuse him of talking to a neighbor and forgetting about them. He agrees that he did say ‘hi,’ but then goes on to explain what really happened, which turns out be a whimsical, quirky, funny story about aliens, pirates, time travel, dinosaurs and basically anything the dad can think of explain why he was so late. The children, of course, interject at some points asking questions about dubious parts or thinking out loud about how they ‘thought there’d be ponies by now’ in the story. Of course, a minute or two later the ponies begin entering the story.
Audio Book Review:
The book was narrated by Neil Gaiman. Having never heard him speak before this actually worried me. Voice acting is such a unique skill to have and I generally give a wary eye to authors who perform their own audio book. But, it’s Neil Gaiman and it was a free audio book from the local library so why not at least try it out. What I found was such a lively and fun narration to listen to. His story-telling was such a blast as he exaggerated all the over-the-top events that occurred during the father’s trip back home and then would immediately pause when his children interrupt, such as when his son questions the story saying “wait a minute…piranha’s live in fresh water.” His voices ranged from aliens (which was my favorite) to dinosaurs to a volcano god. But I think it was the overall enthusiasm from which he told the story that truly won me over.
Length: 58 minutes
Rating: This is 5+ star story and audio book. It’s not that long to listen to and is one that is perfect for the entire family on a road trip.
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