We all know this story: Mom goes away, leaves very specific instructions, Dad nods and nods … and forgets something. In this wonderfully small, hilarious book’s case, it’s the milk. With two children (nameless, like some of Gaiman’s other work) looking for breakfast, and grumpy himself without milk for his tea, Dad sets off for the store for the milk. The kids wait…and wait…and wait. When Dad finally comes back, he tells the tale of just what exactly took him so long. A stegosaurus, pirates, piranhas, and aliens all get in his way, but FORTUNATELY, THE MILK, makes it home in time for breakfast.
A graphic novel illustrated by the comic book artist Skottie Young, Fortunately, the Milk is a children’s story, but perfect for anyone looking for a short, funny book. I laughed out loud as I read this, and the illustrations made it even better. Skottie Young’s illustrations and Neil Gaiman’s words worked together so well, especially for a book for kids. I recently discovered my absolute love for Neil Gaiman, and once again I was not let down. It’s a small book, but well worth reading despite its children’s book exterior.
I can’t say much more about this one without ruining it, as the book is only slightly over 100 pages. If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman, or middle grade fiction, or are just looking for a way to lighten your day, grab Fortunately, the Milk and you won’t regret it!
Have you read any great graphic novels lately? Or, better yet, any great Neil Gaiman?