Fortunately, the Milk

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Absurd time-and-space-spanning romp an easy, funny read.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

Fortunately, the Milk emphasizes the importance of keeping promises and not panicking when confronted by menacing strangers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRosie Y June 2, 2015

Have lost count of how many times we've gotten this out of the library

This is an excellent book and especially fun to read out loud. It's engaging for adults, and if read out loud to a child, I think it is appropriate for mu... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 and 9-year-old Written byNLHolly June 28, 2018

Great fun!

A must-read if you like silly stories, fun stories and/or great read-aloud chapter books! Perfect intro to science fiction if you're a fan of the genre, bu... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMatan O. November 14, 2015


It was kind of stupid. All jokes and no fun. V ery disappoointed

What's the story?

When a father runs out to buy some milk for his son and daughter's breakfast, he comes back with an extraordinary story. It involves a stegosaurus in a hot air balloon, space aliens that want to redecorate our planet, a vengeful volcano god, and some pirates and piranhas. Is he just making excuses, or should his children believe him?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether mothers and fathers have different ideas about parenting. Why do they consider some household chores very important and others less so?

  • Why are stories about dinosaurs so popular with kids? Why are they interested in vampires? Pirates? Space aliens?

  • Do adults ever make up stories about what they do all day?

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For kids who love fantasy and humor

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