I haven’t waxed lyrical on here about the joys of BorrowBox yet. My local library has signed up to a shared scheme with two other London boroughs which means that I can have library access to ebooks and audiobooks held in all three boroughs. It’s a great system, which means that I don’t have to go into the library to get books, and hello, free books? I can’t praise it enough – BorrowBox has made my audiobook library much bigger!
Last weekend, I downloaded and listened to Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, The Milk, and loved it. Read by Gaiman himself, it was a short, massively entertaining, wild ride with pirates, aliens, a scientific stegosaurus, and two very sceptical kids.
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.
This was probably one of my favourite Neil Gaiman books. Good humour, good storytelling, time loops, and catastrophic, world-ending consequences of touching the milk made for a funny and endearing tale of Dad’s trip home littered with insertions from the kids and the fourth wall breaking that ensued from that.
The audiobook was read with Gaiman’s characteristic good humour and soothing voice, and with inflections which made the whole thing massively more interesting.
The physical versions are illustrated, with Chris Riddell providing the UK edition’s additions, and Skottie Young the US counterpart. I’m very tempted to go and pick up a copy to have a look at the typesetting and an alternative production of a hugely entertaining story.