Review: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young (Illustrator)

Fortunately the Milk

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (September 17, 2013)

Series: None

Genre: Fantasy/time travel/adventure/humor

Source: Library

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars!

About the Book:

“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.”

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:

I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics
(like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short
stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally
movies (like Dave McKean’s MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at more or less up to date.

About the Illustrator:

Skottie Young has been an illustrator and cartoonist for over ten
years working for entertainment and publishing companies such Marvel,
Warner Bros., Image, Upper Deck, Mattel, and many more.

He is currently illustrating the New York Times Best Selling and
Eisner Award Nominated adaptions of L. Frank Baum’s OZ novels with
writer Eric Shanower.  The series has gained acclaim from both fans and

Skottie currently lives in Illinois with his family, Casey, Baxter and their Saint Bernard, Emma.


My Thoughts:

I dare you to try and not like this book!

Why haven’t I read anything by this author before? He’s brilliant. I
have completely missed out on his other books and I feel rather idiotic
for not recognizing his name when Fortunately, the Milk came out.

I need to write Mr. Gaiman a letter declaring my undying love for his
latest book. This is the kind of story that childhood is made of. It is
an imaginative, nutty adventure of time travel and narrow escapes, all
to save the milk. It is wacky and wonderful. I can’t wait to read other
books by this author.  My love of the book is solidified in Skottie
Young’s amazing artwork. I can’t get over his brilliance with a pen and
ink. His characters have so much life to them! The pictures take the
story to the next level.  To see my Illustrator Spotlight on Skottie, click here.

This is a must have for a child’s library. Highly recommended for ages 7 and up.


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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    December 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    It was very cute but I felt it dragged on a little bit. I liked that it was an ode to the stories fathers tell.
    Skottie Young's illustrations were fantastic (:

    • Reply
      December 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      My daughter really loved it. I got it from the library, but she was so sad when we had to return it that I got it for her for Christmas. But shhhh, don't tell her! 🙂

    • Reply
      Adriana Garcia
      December 20, 2013 at 2:23 am

      Aww!!! You are so sweet (:

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