Geared toward 8-12 year olds, Fortunately, the Milk takes readers on a wild ride as one dad tries to explain to his children what happened to him on the way home from picking up some milk. There are police space dinosaurs, time-traveling hot air balloons, aliens, pirates, and fortunately, some milk. Not only is this dad focused on getting his children their breakfast milk, but he also must save the world from being remodeled. There is a week-old prophecy and quite honestly, pretty much anything else nonsensical and random that one can write about for children. This book is like Roald Dahl meets a 2-year-old child who just ate a bag of candy. OK, maybe 2 bags of candy. I do not want to speak blasphemy since this is Neil Gaiman, but I just did not care for this story. I may have missed out since I chose the audiobook format and there are illustrations in the print version. I always enjoy when the author reads his or her own work, but I did find this story hard to focus on since it is all over the place. As a science fiction/fantasy read, I can see why younger children might enjoy the exaggeration, imaginative telling, and laugh along with dad’s story. I also appreciate that this is a children’s story told from a parent’s perspective—this seems like a rarity. Dads can be pretty cool. Notably, Fortunately, the Milk is a 2015-2016 Sunshine State Young Readers Award book.
Fortunately, the Milk written and performed by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, 2013)