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Book Review: ‘Fortunately, The Milk…’ by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: ‘Fortunately, The Milk…’ by Neil Gaiman
Fortunately, The Milk... by Neil Gaiman
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on 17 September 2013
Format: eBook
Amazon Description

You know what it's like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad's in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he's got to do. And the most important thing is DON'T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back.

Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk.



Today I was sick. My mum doesn’t always believe me when I say I’m sick, but my sister was sick yesterday so Mum said I could stay off school. ‘BUT,’ she said, ‘Don’t think you’re going to be lazing around watching TV and playing on the computer all day.’

That was bad news. That is, indeed, what I was planning on doing. :(

I was bored, so Mum let me borrow her Kindle to read a book that was making her laugh, called, ‘Fortunately, the Milk…’ by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Chris Riddell. I noticed that it had brilliant pictures in it – even on the Kindle! – and Mum said I could go on the iPad if I wanted to draw a front cover for the book. I did. Look…

fortunately the milk 1

There was something very good about this book. It was an ‘enhanced edition’ which means that the writer reads the book out loud to you while you read it! This writer is a good reader and he didn’t sound at all like the dalek voice that normally comes out of the Kindle.  Mum said I could stay on the iPad if I wanted to draw a picture of the writer reading the book. But I can’t draw good faces so I drew a picture of the Kindle talking. Then I labeled it ‘Kindle’ because Mum asked what it was.

fortunately the milk 1a

I started to read. This is me reading. And no. My face is NOT the book.

fortunately the milk 2

Everyone should read this book. It will make everybody laugh. It is good and very clever. The best thing is that it goes backwards and forwards in time with the Dad meeting himself all over the place in the past and in the future and in crazy wormholes.


fortunately the milk 3

It has good characters. The dad is a funny dad. I also like the brother and sister because they are not stupid. They ask the dad clever questions to try and trap him, but he is good at wiggling out of trouble.

I think this is a very good book and it deserves 5 stars, which I have drawn here (because it meant I could stay on the iPad for longer. :) )

fortunately the milk4

One day I would like to write books as good as ‘Fortunately, The Milk…’ and draw pictures as good as this too.





  1. Ah Dylan when I saw you were reviewing this a smile came to my face and I’m still grinning now… make me laugh. Top review. Well done and LOVE the pictures. Sam x

  2. Best. Review. Ever!

    Dylan you officially have my heart xx

  3. “Book Review: ‘Fortunately, The Milk…’ by Neil Gaiman
    – BOOK WALRUS | BOOK WALRUS” definitely got myself simply hooked on ur page!

    I actuallywill be returning a whole lot more normally.
    Thank you ,Aidan

  4. Very clever review and very well done. I can see why Neil Gaiman would say this is “the best review ever”. I can also see why you’d get so many page views, but I’m somewhat surprised visitors didn’t leave more comments.

    Good job.

    Tossing It Out

    • Hi Lee, Thanks for your kind words. Book Walrus tends to get more twitter comments than site comments. Not sure why and we certainly welcome both – it’s great to hear from people and nice to know someone’s reading what we write :)

  5. Well Dylan, this is the first book review I have read by you. I saw it on Goodreads and I’ve made my way to your site. I will now read your other reviews as I have some time to kill and I’m sure they will be highly entertaining! I have to agree with Mr. Gaiman-“best review ever”.


  6. Great review Dylan, you have inspired me to read this book.

    Im sure I’ll enjoy it too

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