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Fotunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustration by Chris Riddell

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman begins something like this…

“No milk,” I said.

Fortunately, The milk by neil Gaiman

So begins the ordinary day of a dad.

“No milk,” said my sister.

I watched my dad think about this. He looked like he was going to suggest that we have something for breakfast that you do not need milk for, like sausages, but then he looked like he remembered that, without milk, he couldn’t have his tea. He had his “no tea” face.

“You poor children,” he said. “I will walk down to the shop on the corner. I will get milk.”


Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustrations Chris Riddell. – ReviewFortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman

Pages: 160
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd.
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Buy This Book: Amazon . Flipkart.

With his wife is out of town on a business trip the kids are left under dad’s command. Considerate mom leaves dad with lots of instructions to follow and most important one is, “DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK’. Remember what happened the last time mom told you to remember to wake her up in the morning? Exactly! Dad forgets to bring milk the evening before. So begins a humorous and dangerous day for the dad of two.

Beginning this book with not much expectations, I was sucked into the fantasy adventure of a dad who went to buy milk from the corner store by the time I reached page 5.


Fortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman

There’s a reason why I kept the front cover for later part of the article. Why? Read on…

As the evening shapeshifted to midnight I was time traveling with Professor Steg who also happened to be a dinosaur, it took me by surprise when I saw this. I also had a similar idea about a time traveling dinosaur but in completely different circumstances. I laughed so hard I almost woke my dad who sleeps in the room next to mine. Has something similar happened to you?

Why not put a picture of Wumpires? You can see one at the bottom of the back cover… Plus, Reading the book and seeing them there will be more surprising. 🙂

There are many such surprises. Meet a Wumpire family, daughter of a pirate king and behold the Volcano God… You will find yourself falling in love with this small adventure that a dad has as he goes to buy a milk carton for his children. Will he be able to bring home milk or will he be lost in time forever?


I am re-reading this book in soft copy since my Hardcover book is with my boyfriend who, fortunately, loves it immensely. I bought this book on 7th April 2014 from It was a dry spell time for me. I wasn’t able to read much due to lack of time and my sickness just kicking in.

Later this book became the catalyst for my meeting with my boyfriend. Many memories are connected through Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman for me and I strongly recommend it to lovers of children novels and graphical novels. Unlike adult novels which can be enjoyed only by adults or kids of certain age, children’s book have a magic about them and anyone can enjoy them.

Fortunately, The Milk By Neil Gaiman

Stark, stunning & simply beautiful that’s what Neil Gaiman’s writing style is like. Chris Riddell’s illustrations became my favorites. I have seen many videos by Neil Gaiman and other authors where they talk about the art of writing and what they enjoy in their writing process. Finally, if you haven’t already seen inspiring ‘Make Good Art video of Neil Gaiman‘ then Google it right now and watch it.

I can go on and on about how reading Neil Gaiman is changing my perspective of writing for children. But today I want to point you in the direction of a man named Brendon Schrodinger’s review of the book Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman on Good Reads. You will absolutely love it.

Read the book already? Wanna read? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Have a wonderful time. See you. 🙂


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  1. HAPPY 2017
    Good posts, beautiful blog.
    Welcome to see my creations:

  2. Good analysis..

  3. Great review! I am going to check this out from the library. No pun intended! 🙂

  4. Great blog post!

  5. Great review. Neil Gaiman is a wonderful writer for both adults and kids. Who would have thought a story about getting milk would be so interesting.

  6. enjoyed your thoughts – interesting how juvenile fiction can be better appreciated by adults 🙂

  7. I loved the introduction especially. Though I don’t read much of books, but still a Great review!

  8. This sounds amazingly wonderful. I’ve only read a couple of his children’s books and they’re great. I haven’t read this one yet.

  9. You make a strong connection … have you ideas of writing for children, may I ask?

    • Yes I have ideas to write for children and adults alike. I was surprised but somehow I just accepted it, Neil being a great writer and ideas being versatile. I love how Neil Gaiman writes, his stories are well worth for young kids and adults too.

  10. Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors 🙂 I am thinking of gifting this one to my niece.

  11. This is a terrific review of Fortunately the Milk because it has made me want to read it. Neil Gaiman is a very popular author but I’ve never read any of his work – guess it’s time that I do.

    • I think it will be a fun read. If you like fantasy adventures try Stardust by Neil Gaiman too. There’s a movie with the same name and it is also awesome. Have fun dear. 🙂

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