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Fortunately, the Milk

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Absurd time-and-space-spanning romp an easy, funny read.

Book Neil Gaiman Fantasy 2013
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Random imagination without coherence or creativity

Extremely disappointing. The tale is certainly “absurd“, but it’s mostly a random series of a events that feel like the author wrote the book in one sitting without actually developing an interesting story. The characters lack personality or creativity. I’m all for absurd stories, but I prefer them to fit together artfully, as they do with books like James and the giant peach, where even tangential characters like the cloud people have some personality and unique character. There is unnecessary violence, or threats of violence. It feels like I’m watching a low budget Saturday morning cartoon. Don’t waste your money.
age 7+

Fortunately, the milk

It has bad guys in it. The story isn't true. There's toys that are things from the story. My favorite part was that the father got home.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Neil Gaiman, the author of Coraline and The Graveyard Book, delivers another winning adventure tale for readers of all ages. What starts as a simple errand to pick up some milk turns into an elaborate, joke-heavy shaggy-dog story, full of the kinds of characters -- pirates, dinosaurs, and aliens -- that children in particular love. FORTUNATELY, THE MILK is absurd, Skottie Young's illustrations are action-packed and wacky, and the result is a goofy crowd-pleaser.

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