Fortunately, the Milk

Fortunately, the Milk

Book - 2014
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While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.
Publisher: New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
Edition: 1st paperback ed.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062224088
Characteristics: 101 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Young, Skottie - Illustrator


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VaughanPLDianeB Nov 21, 2018

Not my 'cup of milk', but an interesting adventure for kids -- very whimsical. If you're looking for a light-hearted tale, this pick is a good one. This book contains many examples of onomatopoeia as well as fantastical illustrations.

Sep 20, 2018

Loved Loved Loved this book. In true Gaiman fashion it was fun and whimsical and magical. The illustrations are fantastic. This is a great book to read aloud with children! -- Jenny (See more of my picks by following WoodneathJenny)

ylpladults Aug 23, 2018

Be prepared for a wild ride when you listen to this book. The kids need milk for their breakfast cereal and Dad is going to buy some from the corner store and bring it home, no matter what obstacles get in the way. Neil Gaiman is a great reader.

Aug 15, 2018

Loved Loved Loved this book. In true Gaiman fashion it was fun and whimsical and magical. The illustrations are fantastic. This is a great book to read aloud with children!

multcolib_karene Jul 31, 2018

Fortunately, Neil Gaiman Writes Books

Mar 28, 2018

I thought this was fantastic, I loved the artwork and the story was goofy and exciting.

Jul 08, 2017

This is such a FUN book! My son often asks for it and laughs each time. :)

vpl_childrens May 02, 2017

Interest level: ages 5-10. On his way home from buying milk, Dad is abducted by aliens, battles a fierce Pirate Queen, hitches a ride with a time-travelling dinosaur, and saves the universe—or does he really? A whimsical tall tale with appropriately silly illustrations.

Mar 22, 2017

Really good read with kids, fun for both my Kindergarten and Grade 3 sons. Not macabre or Tim Burton like as some other Gaiman are -- which I also like but limits reading it to very small kids or near bedtime --- so I like how this one is just good fun to read at any time. Highly recommended. K teacher at the school we love (who has taught both my kids) saw me holding the book and commented how it was one of her favourites. So this is two ringing endorsements.

Jan 30, 2017

Neil Gaiman is really one of a kind. A quirky, funny tale (this one isn't spooky like some of his others) but so inventive with illustrations reminiscent of Where the sidewalk ends by Shel Silverstein.

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Aug 15, 2018

AlieGrace thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 8

Dec 12, 2016

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Jul 08, 2015

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Jul 11, 2016

Nothing at all in this book makes sense to me, but what if this life-changing journey is real? Try to wrap your head around a dinosaur whose expertise is Science, a hot air balloon, pirates, several wormholes, one mom's list of things not to do while she's away, two witty little kids, and one clever dad on his journey to get some milk. Gaiman pieces all those and many more in a lovely, enjoyable blend of fiction.

Jun 22, 2015

a dad goes out to buy his children some milk. on his way home meets a stegosaurus that takes him to a lot of places before he gets home. he then tells the story to his kids.

alicat42 Jun 24, 2014

A trip to get milk results in many adventures.


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JCLChristiH Jan 12, 2014

I said good-bye to all the dinosaurs. I thanked Professor Steg for saving my life. "Not at all," she said. "We were both fortunate that you had the milk with you. It is not every container of milk that saves the world, after all." "That was me that saved the world, " I said, "Not the milk." The space dinosaurs all had their picture taken holding the milk and smiling at the camera. "What are you going to do with the milk?" they asked me, "Are you going to put it in a museum?" "No, I am not," I told them. "I am going to give it to my children for their breakfast cereal. and possibly I will pour some in my tea." - See more at:,_the_milk#sthash.C5hLd5oV.dpuf


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