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Review: Fortunately, the Milk

November 11, 2013

Fortunately, the Milk US Hardcover – Illustrated by Skottie Young

is a new-ish book by Neil Gaiman.  It takes about thirty minutes to read (maybe less, but I as laughing a great deal), and is absolutely worth your time, no matter how old you are.
The story is about a father.  Just your average father, who has two children and a wife.  His wife has gone out-of-town for work leaving the father and two children at home with many nutritious meals prepared, a fully stocked kitchen, and nothing to worry about.  Except, they all discover that they have run out of milk.  Now, the children could find something else to put on their cereal, but the father… The father, you see, likes to have milk in his tea.  So he goes out to the store to get some.

UK Hardcover - Illustrated by Chris Riddell

UK Hardcover – Illustrated by Chris Riddell

If you are anything like me, or the children in this book, you have a good idea what might happen next.  My mother, you see, was very easily distracted while in shops, or talking to people.  I was forgotten in parking lots, school carpool lines, and piano lessons more than a few times.  The parking lots weren’t too bad, I usually had a book or three with me and made her leave me the keys so I could run the air conditioner after an hour or so.  The piano lesson and the carpool line were a bit embarrassing though.  These children are very lucky, their father has left them at home where all of their things are while he goes to the store to get some milk.
GaimanMilk_1_photo_Brady_Hall080713When he returns hours later he has an unbelievable story to tell about what happened to him after he bought the milk.  I don’t want to tell you about it, because it is too unbelievable.  But, I will confirm that as the cover shows, there is a dinosaur involved.  And a hot air balloon.  But, fortunately, the milk was safe the whole time!

No milk was harmed in the creation of this blog.

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