Sunday, 15 September 2013

Fortunately the Milk...By Neil Gaiman Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Neil Gaiman
Art By Chris Riddell

Published By Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre
Fantasy, Family

Synopsis

From multi-award-winning Neil Gaiman comes a spectacularly silly,  mind-bendingly clever, brilliantly bonkers adventure – with lip-smackingly gorgeous illustrations by Chris Riddell.

Mum's away. Dad's in charge. There's no milk.
So Dad saves the day by going to buy some. Really, that’s all that happens. Very boring. Soooooooo boring. YAAAAAAAWWWN. You don't want to read it.

There are absolutely definitely none of the following things inside:  

PIRATES! GLOBBY GREEN ALIENS! INTERGALACTIC POLICE! ANGRY VOLCANO GODS DEMANDING HUMAN SACRIFICE! 

And most definitely NOT a time-travelling hot-air balloon piloted by the brilliant Professor Steg. . .

'Staggeringly silly'
Intergalactic Police Gazette

'After reading this shocking story, it's clear no human should EVER be allowed near a time-travelling hot-air balloon'
Vortex magazine

'A truly inspiring papery-inky thing starring the cleverest dinosaur in all of pre-history'
Hermione Steg (no relation), PhD, KBE, FRSSS*
*Fellow of the Royal Society of Stegosaurs in Science

Review

Neil Gaiman has long been one of my favourite authors, not only in the fantasy genre but in general so I have had a lot of excitement and hope for this one.

Not only did it live up to them, it surpassed them.

For the author of books such as 'American Gods' and 'Ananzi Boys' to be just as comfortable writing family books that everybody will enjoy shows just how much of a talented writer Gaiman truly is.

'Fortunately the Milk...' is a superbly funny and  exciting book that children and adults will enjoy.  The best way to describe the style of writing is that it's very much in the same vein as Spike Milligan via a bit of Roald Dahl and yet Gaiman still has a distinctive voice of his own.  That's why his stories are so popular with young and old alike.  His books tend to evoke a feeling of childhood in their readers and that lends itself superbly to this story.  There really is a sense of fun and of childlike wonder to the story.

There really isn't a way to describe the story without giving a hell of a lot of spoilers so I won't sit here and tell you every facet of it but if you like Spike Milligan, Roald Dahl or even if you like Terry Pratchett then you will absolutely love this tale by Neil Gaiman.

Story 8/10
Characters 8/10
Recommended 9/10
Overall 25/30

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