Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures


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Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in this genre-breaking novel by a master storyteller. Now a Newbery Medal WINNER! It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw it coming - the vacuum cleaner, that is. As for self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, she has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You! so she is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is ...

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Oct 8, 2014

Different style for DiCamillo

A "cute" story -- great for young readers who like imaginative stories.

Although "Flora and Ulysses" is outwardly charming, for some reason I just didn't "connect" with this book. I think I was just looking for more "meat and bones" to the story than what I received from it... especially coming from a talented storyteller such as Kate DiCamillo. However, the story boldly steps into more of a comic book style of writing (which is definitely different and adventurous for an author to attempt -- making an interesting outcome).

There were a few things I either disliked or think that some parents may disapprove of... Flora Belle, the main character, calls herself a cynic (as does her mom) and thinks that because she is a cynic, she doesn't have to care about her actions when she doesn't feel like it. Flora Belle doesn't maintain a great relationship with her mom, and doesn't always get to see her dad because of the parents' divorce. Also, Flora Belle's mother smokes cigarettes -- something many parents I know would see as a con in a book.

In all, the book is a sugar-coated tale of a superhero squirrel and his human cynic friend. Nicely written, but doesn't fit my personal taste.

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