Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Fortunately, the Milk" by Neil Gaiman

I got Fortunately, the Milk from the library because it kept popping up on reading lists that also included A Snicker of Magic, and since Sam and I both adored that book, I thought we should give this a whirl.  I've never read one of Gaiman's books before, but I've wanted to for a while because I liked his story in A Study in Sherlock, and also, he lives in Wisconsin part of the time, and I used to live in Wisconsin, so that made me interested in him too.

Fortunately, the Milk is a tall tale told by a father who went out to get milk for breakfast and took an incredibly long time to get back, so he told his kids a fantastic story about time-travelling dinosaurs and pirates and wumpires and other funny things that kept him from getting back right away.  The book is chock full of silly illustrations by Skottie Young, which I found almost as funny as the book.  

Sam liked it pretty well too, though he only read it once, which means he didn't love it.  I liked it enough to plan on seeking out more of Gaiman's books.

If This Was a Movie, I Would Rate It:  PG for some mildly worrisome moments involving danger from volcanoes, wumpires, and pirates, etc.

8 comments:

  1. Good afternoon. I just discovered your very interesting blog (via Classical Carousel), and I hope to return often. In the meantime, I would like to know about your interest in Shakespeare, especially as my new blog (Shakespeare in the Library) is now "open for business."

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    1. Hi Blaine! Glad you like my blog :-) I'm obviously quite a fan of Hamlet, given that I take my screen name from that play, but I also count Much Ado About Nothing as a favorite, and I enjoy lots of Shakespeare's other plays as well. Do you have a link to your new blog? I can't seem to find one.

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  2. Gaiman is one of my most favorite author. I love his wild imagination. I even have 3 editions of this book, US, UK, and ID version, hehe. For middle-grade, I recommend The Graveyard Book, it's a story about growing up (it won Newbery Medal in 2009) and Coraline that highlights bravery. His writings may a little bit dark, without omitting the element of fun.

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    1. Bzee, thanks for the recommendations! I will definitely put those on my TBR list. Looks my library has both of them! And they even have the audiobook version of The Graveyard Book read by NG himself -- cool!

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  3. I love Gaiman! I'd recommend 'The Graveyard Book' too. It's gorgeous, it's for kids and it might just be my favourite of Gaiman's books :) You might want to try 'Neverwhere' as well. That one's just for adults but the BBC Radio adaptation has Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Stewart Head and Sir Christopher Lee in it.

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    1. Oh, wow! l will definitely seek out that radio adaptation! I'd listen to it for any one of those three, but all of them? Yowza! Thanks, Hannah!

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  4. This looks like fun! I am a fan of Gaiman, and a very long-time fan of cover artist Chris Riddell.

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    1. It was quite fun! I definitely will read more of his books.

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