A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fortunately, the Milk is a quick, fun, easy read that may inspire young readers to seek out other books about dinosaurs, vampires, pirates, or breakfast cereal.
Fortunately, the Milk emphasizes the importance of keeping promises and not panicking when confronted by menacing strangers.
Positive Role Models
With his wife away at a conference, the father in Fortunately, the Milk doesn't do the best job of housekeeping, but he does keep his promise to fetch milk for his children's breakfast cereal. Even under the most outlandish circumstances, he proves to be clever, resourceful, and, above all, fond of his kids.
Violence & Scariness
Fortunately, the Milk features encounters with space aliens, pirates, vampires, and volcano gods. The father is sometimes in physical jeopardy, but he always manages to escape harm through luck or quick thinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Graveyard Book) is a goofy, high-spirited fantasy adventure that pinballs from one unlikely scenario to another. The milk-seeking father meets dinosaurs, pirates, aliens, volcano gods, and other assorted obstacles, but he maintains a cheerful attitude, even when faced with the end the universe. Gaiman's witty prose and Skottie Young's wacky illustrations combine to make an off-kilter crowd-pleaser.
Is It Any Good?
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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