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Fortunately, the Milk

Fortunately, the Milk

Book - 2013
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While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.
Publisher: New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062224071
Branch Call Number: J FIC GAIM
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Young, Skottie - Illustrator


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Wacky in the best Neil Gaiman way.

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Jan 28, 2021

A delight to read. For children and those who miss being children. After reading about the Father who escaped the Aliens who want ownership of the world, and Pirates who don't make you walk the plank, to traveling with a Stegosaurus who's invention the "Button" was named after his aunt, you'll be at your local bookstore hoping they have a copy of this amusing piece of storytelling. If you have kids, and they still let you read to them, this book will make you look cool to your kids.
"You are almost never cool to your children".
- Neil Gaiman

Jul 22, 2020

Well-written silliness--very fun read aloud.

Oct 23, 2019

A super-fast, silly, fun book to read aloud with your kids.

Sep 27, 2019

A good way to introduce chapter books to younger readers, this novel is funny and still has pictures to help you along with the story. There is the repetitiveness of early readers to keep kids interested and if a parent is reading aloud with their kid, a place for them to join in. We used this as our introductory book for our tween book club, it was well received.

JCLBeckyC May 28, 2019

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the young--and for older people who never lost their love of the silly and absurd. The audiobook, narrated by Gaiman himself, is sublime. Perfect pick for a one-hour family road trip.

May 13, 2019

Great little read! A father needs to go and get milk and is gone for a long time. The tale he tells his children to explain is absence is quite long winded and slightly a sci-fi. Even better as the children are having a hard time believing him. Fun read!

IndyPL_SteveB Apr 02, 2019

A brief children’s comic novel by the multi-award winning Gaiman. This is essentially a science fiction version of a tall tale. Children tell their father they are out of milk so he goes to the store. It’s a long time before he returns, and he spins them a long tale about how he met a time-traveling dinosaur inventor and saved the world. Clever and twisty, but slighter than most of Gaiman’s novels.

Jan 12, 2019

Very imaginative and inventive storytelling fun to read

Sep 20, 2018

Loved Loved Loved this book. In true Gaiman fashion it was fun and whimsical and magical. The illustrations are fantastic. This is a great book to read aloud with children! -- Jenny (See more of my picks by following WoodneathJenny)

ylpladults Aug 23, 2018

Be prepared for a wild ride when you listen to this book. The kids need milk for their breakfast cereal and Dad is going to buy some from the corner store and bring it home, no matter what obstacles get in the way. Neil Gaiman is a great reader.

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Jul 11, 2016

Nothing at all in this book makes sense to me, but what if this life-changing journey is real? Try to wrap your head around a dinosaur whose expertise is Science, a hot air balloon, pirates, several wormholes, one mom's list of things not to do while she's away, two witty little kids, and one clever dad on his journey to get some milk. Gaiman pieces all those and many more in a lovely, enjoyable blend of fiction.

Jun 22, 2015

a dad goes out to buy his children some milk. on his way home meets a stegosaurus that takes him to a lot of places before he gets home. he then tells the story to his kids.

alicat42 Jun 24, 2014

A trip to get milk results in many adventures.


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JCLChristiH Jan 12, 2014

I said good-bye to all the dinosaurs. I thanked Professor Steg for saving my life. "Not at all," she said. "We were both fortunate that you had the milk with you. It is not every container of milk that saves the world, after all." "That was me that saved the world, " I said, "Not the milk." The space dinosaurs all had their picture taken holding the milk and smiling at the camera. "What are you going to do with the milk?" they asked me, "Are you going to put it in a museum?" "No, I am not," I told them. "I am going to give it to my children for their breakfast cereal. and possibly I will pour some in my tea." - See more at:,_the_milk#sthash.C5hLd5oV.dpuf


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