Reader Reviewed Fortunately, the Milk ... by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately, the Milk ...

Written by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

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September 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning Neil Gaiman brilliantly weaves a spell-binding story taking readers up and away on a wild fantasy in which dinosaurs and space travel happily coexist. And all because…Dad has to go out and by the milk! Chris Riddell’s line illustrations capture the invention perfectly. Children of all ages (and lots of childish grown-ups) will be swept along laughing with glee as Dad tries to get the milk home...and possibly save the universe along the way!

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Fortunately, The Milk... a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'a brilliantly funny and strangely weird time travel adventure.'

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Fortunately, the Milk ... by Neil Gaiman

You know what it's like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad's in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he's got to do. And the most important thing is DON'T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back. Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk.

Fortunately, the Milk is the third book on which Neil and Chris have worked together, after Coraline and The Graveyard Book.

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A small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review Fortunately, The Milk. You can read their reviews below.

James Goodall, age 9
It is a quick and engaging read for newly confident readers...probably the coolest story I have ever read. Click here to read the full review.

Emma Bird, age 10
I really like this book because Neil Gaiman has taken a common problem and turned it into a fantastic adventure with dinosaurs, space ships, aliens and much more. Click here to read the full review.

Sam Harper, age 9
Fortunately, The Milk is a brilliantly funny and strangely weird time travel adventure. It made me laugh out loud and I ripped through it in one sitting. I loved it! Click here to read the full review.

Benjy Randall, age 9
The book was really good and very imaginative. My favourite part was when the Galitic Police came along and arrested the aliens. Click here to read the full review.

Dylan Sweet, age 10
This book is amazing because it shows how funny, scary and adventurous can be put together to make up a book. It is one of the best I’ve read all this summer. Click here to read the full review.

Alexander Bisland, age 8

This book is action-packed and hurtles from one disaster to another with barely a chance to catch your breath. The time travel blew my mind away but it was all hilarious. Click here to read the full review.

Evie Young, age 8
The book is very funny and silly. My favourite part is when the aliens fight with the dad and he beats them, with the help of the milk (and the galactic police!). Click here to read the full review.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.

Gaiman was the creator/writer of monthly cult DC Comics horror-weird series, Sandman, which won nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Norman Mailer said of Sandman: "Along with all else, Sandman is a comic strip for intellectuals, and I say it's about time."

A self-confessed “feral kid who was raised in libraries”, Author of the Month Neil Gaiman, spent much of his childhood devouring the books of J.R.R. Tolkein, Edgar Allan Poe, C.S. Lewis, Michael Morcock and a host of others. Once the biographer of Douglas Adams and Duran Duran, he has achieved cult status in the world of Science Fiction with his award winning, unpatronising writing for young people.

Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his forties and still tends to need a haircut.

See Neil speaking about his new novel, Fortunately, the Milk, a time-travelling adventure for young readers featuring aliens, dinosaurs, volcano gods and a pint of milk that saves the universe!

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160 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

17th September 2013




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