Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Published By: HarperCollins
Date Published: September 17, 2013
Genre: Children’s fiction
My Rating: ★★★★★
Format: Paperback and Audiobook
Recommended for: EVERYONE! Thank you and good night.
This is going to be a super short review because I shouldn’t have to pull teeth to get you to read this amazing book.
Two children left in the care of their loving father while their mother is away on business awake one morning– milkless. Without milk, they can’t eat their Toastios and their dad can’t drink his tea. Basically, no one can start their day without milk. So, dad leaves the house with only one rule: don’t forget the milk! While he’s out something goes wrong, and dear old dad doesn’t return for quite some time (according to the children). By the time he does finally make it in, he comes with quite the story. Fortunately, the milk (essentially) saved his life… at least, in his version anyway.
You don’t have to have children to enjoy this book. It’s just that good. Once more, Gaiman puts out a book suitable for young readers that also transcends all age barriers (Coraline, anyone?), and it’s fantastic! The whimsical storytelling throughout the book definitely kept me in a constant state of happiness. I could see this being a wonderful story to read to your children during story time because, let’s face it, that’s what I’ll be doing further down the road. The illustrations are definitely enough to keep them entertained if nothing else. With that being said…
On the illustrations:
INCREDIBLE! Absolutely incredible. I really love the art style of Scottie Young (without even knowing it was him). Young brought Gaiman’s eccentric bunch of characters to life in a way I never would have expected. Like, all of the alien-type folk and the pirates and the vampires and the Galactic Police. This on top of the generally playful set up of the words on the page made this book SPECTACULAR.
[Side note: The NYM (Nice Young Man) who rang me up at the bookstore fanboyed quite a bit over the illustrator, and I now wholeheartedly agree with his enthusiasm.]
Let’s Conclude This
Please read this. I don’t need to make a case for it. It’s beautiful. It’s quick. You won’t regret it.
But… If you want a reason to read it, I will do you one even better and give you five:
- You have a child and you want to introduce them to something new
- You just read the most depressing book and you need a pick-me-up
- You’re in a reading slump, and you need to get out
- It’s fucking brilliant
- The art is AMAZING
** Bonus audiobook reason: Neil Gaiman’s voice calms you (as it should)
What’s a childhood favorite you refuse to let go?