Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Illustrator: K. G. Campbell

Flora is a cynic who thinks the romance novels her mom writes are unrealistic, but who loves the superhero comics feature The Great Incandesto. When Flora’s neighbor accidentally vacuums (yes, vacuums) an innocent squirrel, things get . . . interesting. The (previously normal) squirrel begins exhibiting what can only be called extraordinary abilities. Super-squirrel strength. Flying. Writing poetry. Naturally, Flora names him (Ulysses) and takes him home. I mean, what could be better than having a real-life superhero around?

If Kate DiCamillo has written it, read it. That’s my personal philosophy. Everything she writes is wonderful, and Flora & Ulysses is no exception. It’s a great story, full of poetry, complicated human relationships, interesting characters, unique perspectives on life. Plus a squirrel’s-eye view of the world. Ulysses himself is fantastic–full of poetry, love for Flora, and a HUGE appetite. I love the approach DiCamillo and Campbell took with the illustrations; actually laying out some chapters and chapter sections as if they were comics is inventive and works well with Flora’s love of (and frequent references to) comics. Flora & Ulysses is a funny, adorable, touching story that comes with high recommendations.

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