- Paperback: 231 pages
- Publisher: CWP; Reprint edition (1 December 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763687642
- ISBN-13: 978-0763687649
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Paperback – 13 Sep 2016
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--The New York Times Book Review Newbery-winner DiCamillo is a master storyteller not just because she creates characters who dance off the pages and plots, whether epic or small, that never fail to engage and delight readers. Her biggest strength is exposing the truths that open and heal the human heart. She believes in possibilities and forgiveness and teaches her audience that the salt of life can be cut with the right measure of love.
--Booklist (starred review) Original, touching and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Despite supremely quirky characters and dialogue worthy of an SAT prep class, there's real emotion at the heart of this story involving two kids who have been failed by the most important people in their lives: their parents.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Rife with marvelously rich vocabulary reminiscent of the early superhero era (e.g., "Holy unanticipated occurrences!") and amusing glimpses at the world from the point of view of Ulysses the supersquirrel, this book will appeal to a broad audience of sophisticated readers. There are plenty of action sequences, but the novel primarily dwells in the realm of sensitive, hopeful, and quietly philosophical literature.
--School Library Journal (starred review)
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"One reading is hardly enough to savor the rich philosophical nuances of DiCamillo's story. I think I will go read it again right now."
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"Kate DiCamillo has a gift, inequitably distributed among writers of all kinds, of eliminating the obvious and still egging on the reader. She writes beautifully but thinks simply."
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"I liked how Ulysses was always thinking 'I am very very hungry' - it was really funny. And it was funny when he lifted the vacuum cleaner over his head and got cracker crumbs all over his head." Zoë, 7
Quite different to Kate DC's other books. Funnier and quirkier but still heartfelt and emotional as they all are. (Dad)
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In Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures there are many unanticipated occurrences and it all begins with a vacuum cleaner, a squirrel and a natural born cynic named Flora. There is a wacky cast of characters including a self absorbed romance writer, an air head neighbor, an emotionally traumatized great-nephew next door and a sad, sad father. They all tip toe right up to the line of being too wacky but only cross the line a little and in such silly ways I loved them for it. In fact, I won't even try to give you a plot synopsis because honestly, it's a simple and predictable plot but a joy to read and discover on your own.
Kate DiCamillo books are always wonderful read alouds, but this one is just BEGGING for a dramatic reading. I gave it to my brilliant eight year old for Christmas and we've had a terrific time either reading alone or together. This is a great book for sitting close on the sofa so you can both see the pictures but leave plenty of room for dramatic gestures which you'll probably find necessary as you read. The illuminations (illustrations) are basic yet expressive and they really enhance the humor. Honestly, it's hard to capture the funny wonderfulness of Flora and Ulysses in a review. You have to read it for yourself. :)
The writing is difficult to describe -- clever,touching and laugh-out-loud funny -- and other adjectives yet to be invented. The story is about a tiny squirrel that is suddenly transformed into a superhero with unimaginable superpowers -- the greatest being his uncanny ability to love others. Children's books have many themes but Kate DiCamilo's tale is not vague about the importance of thinking of others first, and loving them.
If I was fortunate enough to have a grandchild, I would read this wondrous book over and over to him/her. In the meantime,I'll give this special book to everyone I know, regardless of age.
Joyce Norman, Author