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Fortunately, the Milk
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Fortunately, the Milk
"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above...
"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above...
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  • "I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."

    "Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened."

    Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

About the Author-

  • Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

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  • DOGO Books bibliophile - This was a fun, crazy, exciting, and relaxing read. It is kind of about milk, and how not having milk turns out to be a big problem. I bet you guys are like WHAT!?!? But yes it's true this story was very adventurous, humorous, and hectic. When their mom goes away, their mom reminds the father to ALWAYS have milk with you, and then when the children finds out they have no milk, they start to get a little crazy. So the dad went on a trip to get milk and had a crazy way to get. Including riding on a hot air balloon with a dinosaur and meeting all sorts of people like pirates. This book brought a smile to my face and had me relaxed.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 15, 2013
    In a letter to readers, Gaiman explains that his rationale for writing this story, about a father who has taken an excessively long time to return from the corner store with milk for his children’s breakfast, stems from his reconsideration of the father in The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. That dad, he realized, is “not really a positive portrayal of fatherhood”—he is a lump. To compensate, “I would write a book in which a father did all of the sorts of exciting things that fathers actually do.” He may have to try again: the father in this story is abducted by aliens, made to walk the plank by pirates, and rescued by a stegosaurus in a balloon, among other outrageous escapades. It reads like an extemporaneous riff by a clever father asked a question he doesn’t want to answer, and it makes an excellent gift for those heroic fathers who consider reading aloud to their children one of parenthood’s greatest joys. Young’s wiry, exuberant b&w caricatures (not all seen by PW) are incorporated throughout. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House.

  • School Library Journal

    Gaiman knocks it out of the park again with this imaginative story.

  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    This would also make a wonderful readaloud, but don't be surprised if the kids insist that it be read in one sitting--and maybe with a side of cookies and milk.

  • Wall Street Journal

    "[A] delightful tale."

  • boingboing.com

    "[A]n astounding tale...an absolute delight to read out loud....one part Douglas Adams, one part Doctor Who, and one part The Usual Suspects."

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "...it's hard not to love a novel that borrows equally from Calvin and Hobbes and The Usual Suspects. If you read only one book this year, a story with dancing dwarfs is always a wise choice."

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