Fortunately, the Milk ..., Hardback

Fortunately, the Milk ... Hardback

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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.

The award-laden, bestselling Neil Gaiman, author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Stardust, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book and Coraline, brings his biggest ever publishing year to a spectacular conclusion with this gloriously entertaining novel about time-travel, dinosaurs, milk and dads.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781408841761



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Okay. As a big Neil Gaiman fan, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this one unexpectedly. I've just knocked it over in one very short sitting, and I have to say, it reads like a cross between Douglas Adams and that game kids play where each person adds a random sentence in order to make a story. I found it merely okay...BUT I am not in the target age group for this book, and I honestly think middle readers will thoroughly enjoy this offering.<br/>Riddell's illustrations add greatly to the experience ... And am I mistaken in thinking that the father in the story looks suspiciously like the author himself?<br/>Definitely recommended reading for those in the 8 - 12 years age bracket.

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A fantastically funny tale with astonishing illustrations by Chris Riddell!

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This is an unusually lighthearted book for Neil Gaiman, an author whose work usually verges on horror. There are vampires and aliens who threaten to take over the world but the tone is always whimsical. The book takes its structure from the rambling tall tales told by parents as well as perhaps nonsense poetry; I definitely sensed the influence of Edward Lear in parts. This makes it a refreshing and fun read, although it might seem a bit lightweight in comparison to Neil Gaiman's other works.Chris Riddell's illustrations in the UK edition are marvelous, contain the funniest parts of the book,and add a great deal to the read. Anyone who enjoys well-written silliness will no doubt get a kick out of this little book.

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