I have had good experience with Neil Gaiman so far. I adored The Graveyard Book same as with Coraline and The Sleeper and the Spindle so I decided that another Neil Gaiman will definitely be a good decision especially for someone who’s still fighting that dreadful reading slump. One of the best things about this book is that it is very short, aside from the fact that it is so gloriously illustrated. And man, Fortunately, the Milk is an awesome short book. Fortunately, I read it.
The book follows the story of a father’s adventure as he makes sure that he’ll go home with a milk for his tea and children’s cereal for breakfast. Being alone in-charge to guide his children as his wife was away on a conference, he went to the store but the children became very bothered as it took him very long time to return. Upon his return, he narrated his story about what happened. More than just the milk, he came back with a story that made his children raised their eyebrows but nonetheless amused them. The story moved from him being abducted by aliens but escaped only to be transported to a different time period when he was (almost) taken by pirates but saved by a stegosaurus on a Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier a.k.a. hot air balloon. The stegosaurus has a time-traveling machine that when they used they were transported to different time-periods. There were a lot of twists and turns and each adventure is connected to another. With each time, the milk takes the spotlight, a line of two taking note that’s making sure that it will reach his children. With elements like time travel, a talking volcano, police dinosaurs, ponies, piranhas, dwarves to vampire, this book took me on an out of this world ride! But are they all lies or not? I would like believe, no!
Neil Gaiman did not fail me with this book. It is clever, witty and humorous! The kind that will drew you in. It’s entertaining in all aspects. That short span of time I spent reading this book is so worth it. Neil Gaiman’s writing is so immersing and so easy to read. The pacing is controlled making the story working well with my imagination. And as always, Neil Gaiman’s characters are unique and her their humor is spot on that will surely appeal to all ages. Neil Gaiman showed how ingenious he is to come up with a story from very simple things and tasks like, in this, getting a milk from the store for his children.
And of course, the illustrations! I’m a fan! I must say that this is is one of the best illustrations that I’ve seen. Skottie Young’s illustrations and Neil Gaiman’s prose are a perfect combination. Young’s illustrations have this perfect balance of being adorable and being weird at the same time. The characters and illustrations are adorable and perfectly matches Gaiman’s writing. Young shares Gaiman’s wit and ingenuity. Though just black and white , the rendering of the art was really intricate, imaginative and expressive. Every page came out as a surprise with Young’s surreal illustrations. (I later learned that the book has two versions, the US version, which is the one that I have, and the UK version which was illustrated by Chris Riddell. I may want to check that one too.)
This is definitely a must read book for all Neil Gaiman fans.
4 stars out of 5.
Other books by Haruki Murakami that I reviewed:
My Thoughts About Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Book Review #9)
My Thoughts About The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Book Review #73)
My Thoughts About The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (Book Review #91)
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Skottie Young
Part of a Series: No
Release Year: September 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
No. of Pages: 128 pages
About the Author
NEIL GAIMAN has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults. He has won many major awards, including the Hugo and the Nebula, and his novel The Graveyard Book is the only work to ever win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) Medals. His books for readers of all ages include the bestselling Coraline, also an Academy Award-nominated film; Odd and the Frost Giants; and The Wolves in the Walls . Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States. (credits to the owner of the photo)