Genre: YA science fiction
Length: 128 pages, about an hour in audio
Setting: starts out in Britain, present day, but jumps around in time and space
Interest: We were driving home from my parent’s house after Thanksgiving and needed an audio book to keep the children quiet in the car. This story was about an hour long (perfect length for the trip), and it was not only written by, but read by Neil Gaiman. I had no idea what it was about, but it still sounded good to me!
Summary: Mom goes away on a trip, leaving Dad in charge of the two kids. They’ve run out of milk, which Dad needs to put in his tea, so he heads to the corner store to get milk. He takes FOREVER coming back with the milk. Once he does come back, he spins a tall tale about a UFO, pirates, a time traveling dinosaur, and an erupting volcano all conspiring to keep him from getting home. Fortunately, he manages to hang on to the milk throughout his adventures, eventually ended up back home.
Final thoughts: Lots of fun. There’s quite a bit of humor in the story, and the kids don’t believe a word of it, but the Dad totally sells this fantastical journey through space and time. Highly recommended. I’m almost sad we listened to the audio book instead of reading the paper version since there’s lots of fun illustrations in the paper version. Technically, I guess you’d consider the book science fiction since there are aliens and time travel, but it doesn’t feel like a science fiction book. It feels more like a tall tale the Dad is telling to his kids to make up for chatting with a friend at the corner shop for too long when he should have been bringing the milk home for breakfast.
Title comes from: Throughout the retelling of his adventures, the Dad uses the phrase, “Fortunately, the milk …”.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this was an audio book.
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