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Fortunately, the Milk . . .

Written by Neil Gaiman

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Humorous

LoveReading View on Fortunately, the Milk . . .

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!

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - Children's Book of the Year 2013 The Sunday Times 

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Fortunately, the Milk . . . Synopsis

From multi-award-winning Neil Gaiman comes a spectacularly silly, mind-bendingly clever, brilliantly bonkers adventure - with lip-smackingly gorgeous illustrations by Chris Riddell Mum's away.

Dad's in charge. There's no milk. So Dad saves the day by going to buy some. Really, that's all that happens. Very boring. YAAAAAAAAAWN. There are absolutely none of the following inside: GLOBBY GREEN ALIENS! INTERGALACTIC POLICE! PIRATES! And most definitely NOT a time-travelling hot-air balloon piloted by the brilliant Professor Steg ...

Fortunately, the Milk . . . Reader Reviews

Some of our Reader Review panel 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 is awesome! I give this book 100/100 stars. Click here to read the full review.

Alex Crisp, 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.

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ISBN: 9781526614810
Publication date: 14/05/2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526614810
Publication date: 14th May 2020
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, General Fiction, Humorous
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About 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 ...

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