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Fortunately the Milk Paperback – 1 January 2014
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Funny and inventive ... Neil Gaiman is a phenomenon ― Guardian
A story that is as entertaining for adults as children ― Observer
Neil Gaiman is the nearest thing children's books have to a rock star: if you enjoy fantasy, he is irresistible ― The Times
About the Author
Chris Riddell is a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He has won the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New York Times bestseller the Edge Chronicles.
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited (1 January 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1408841797
- ISBN-13 : 978-1408841792
- Reading age : 7 - 9 years
- Item Weight : 255 g
- Dimensions : 13.9 x 1.1 x 18.5 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Genre: Children Literature, Fiction
This is my first Neil Gaiman book. I'm not sure if I would have picked this book on my own, if not for Bibilioraptor book club event of the month as Illustrated books. I had heard some wonderful reviews on this book; however, I may stand in the minority category when it comes to my opinion.
I have liked several children books previously; however, this wasn’t my cup of tea. It's an extremely short read. When I saw the illustration, I got excited to tell about this story to my son. Skottie Young’s expressive illustration style was the thing that kept me turning the pages. The story is kinda cute, but hard to believable. Story seemed rushed and haphazardly slapped together.
I didn’t feel any connection with characters. I think children's books are especially hard to write because like short stories, the window you have to involve your audience and make the characters important to them is so small. Illustration was the best part of this book. If not for that, then I wouldn’t even have gotten into the Dinosaur world which has aliens, time machine, hot air balloon, vampires, pirates etc. I honestly think, even my son will have hard time mustering up empathy for the milk situation.
This may not be the best book of Neil Gaiman to start with, I may check out some of his other stuff.
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And then the end, with the little twist, was a clever little ending to the story.
It is nice that for once the hero of the story is the Dad too.
I only love me some Neil Gaiman (comics, novels, short stories AND, best of all, children's books -- prose type or picture books, doesn't matter).
I enjoyed the hell out of OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, and I thought CHU'S DAY OUT was so cute I bought a copy for a friend, but my pick for BEST NEIL GAIMAN BOOK OF 2013 (and maybe the best book of the century) is definitely, FORTUNATELY, THE MILK.
My daughter -- who read it after me -- swears Mr. Gaiman has been following me around for the last decade or so (apparently I, too, stop and talk to local shop persons and even strangers, often returning HOURS after I'm expected back; and I seem to have a propensity for telling whoppers).
I don't want to dissect it any further, because that would be like pulling the wings off of a mayfly, but I would like to say that I only loved Prof. Steg and the Wumpires. And I only love those last lines from dad, about how he can prove it all really happened. :)
Personally, I LOVE the Chris Riddell illustrations in the British edition the most (I also have a copy of the U.S. version, illustrations by Skottie Young). This book has been on the (Middle age Chilren's) NYTimes bestseller list for two months and counting and deservedly so! It's just whimsical as hell, and does a great job displaying both the sense of wonder and the craft inherent in the act of story-telling.
Now, I must traverse the staircase in our home, past Austrialio-pithecine-like spiders, being careful not to awaken the six-foot plus Kangaroo which often sleeps near our doorstep at nights (we call him Kongaroo) and go in search of something to drink. Fortunately, there's chocolate milk in the fridge.