Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately the Milk is the new book from Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell and published from Bloomsbury Kids Books. I was lucky enough to win a copy last week from their Facebook page, but Shhh! we need to keep it quiet as its such a lovely looking book, I am keeping it for the boy for Christmas.

So here is my review of the Fortunately the Milk. At first I thought this was a strange title for a book especially after seeing the cover with its bright metallic jacket and pictures of flying machines and dinosaurs. But I know this is a book the boy will enjoy just because of the blurb on the back.

Mum’s away. Dad’s in charge. There’s no milk.

Along with the prospect of reading none of the following… “Globby Green Aliens” “Intergalactic Police” “Pirates” and “Angry volcano gods demanding human sacrifice!” but possibly a “Time traveling hot air balloon piloted by a stegosaurus” Well what is there not to like?

Once you get past the incredibly, metalic, bright dust jacket, you find a lovely mixture of exciting illustrated pages. The boy enjoys books which are broken up into smaller less scary chapters by inviting illustrations, so this will be ideal. The fonts used are lovely and clear and readable for an enthusiastic 8-year-old and I cant wait to get the chance to find out more…

You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and  Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got  to do. And the most important thing is DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK.  Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he  has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him  a very, very long time to get back.
Featuring: Professor Steg (a  time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the  Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a  perfectly normal but very important carton of milk.

Fortunately the milk is currently available in hardback for RRP £10.99 and I am pleased to have a copy to give away for the start of Children’s Book week. All you have to do is follow the instructions on rafflecopter. Winners will be drawn and notified after the closing date of the 20th October.

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Disclaimer I have not been paid to run this competition and the opinions remain mine and are unchanged.


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  1. I’d like to travel back in time as an observer and watch a speeded up version of the formation of planet Earth and be able to continue to jump through time and see the different stages happening before finally arriving back to real time – all the while being in a safe/protective travelling device of course 😉

      1. Well I might have really liked to travel to other things in my past but then I wouldn’t want to risk changing anything in my timeline and risk not ending up with my lovely hubby and daughter that I have now so that was an alternative choice, and we all love science here 😉

  2. I would love to go back in time to when Stonehenge was being constructed; to see how different the landscape was then compared to now but more importantly to find out, once and for all, how and why it was built!

  3. Hmm this is a tough one as I’m an archaeology student so I have about a billion places on my list, but as I grew up in a Roman town I think I would like to go back and see what that was like.

  4. I would go back to when my children were babies again. Its all going to fast. I would just sit and cuddle them.

  5. pre-1995 when we found out my Nanny had breast cancer for 3rd time and sadly this time it had spread before we knew.

  6. i would actually go to the future, just to see how much things change… plus i want to see if i ever actually win the lotto and become a millionaire lol xx

  7. I would go back to when my Mum was a little girl and play all the games she loved with her: hop-scotch, knuckle-bones, British bull-dog and stick-in-the-mud. I’d build dams in streams, make dens and camp fires, look for pictures in the flames and the clouds then be home for a proper tea at five.

  8. If I could travel to any time at all, I’d never stop…I’d visit all the times, just pop-in for a quick “How’s yer mum?” and then off again to the next exciting adventure…

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