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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Under all the squirrelly fun this is a book with a serious theme

Under all the squirrelly fun this is a book with a serious theme: parental and spousal rejection. Flora Belle, whose parents are divorced, thinks that her mother loves her lamp made in the shape of a girl and named Mary Anne, more than she loves Flora Belle. When in a f...
Under all the squirrelly fun this is a book with a serious theme: parental and spousal rejection. Flora Belle, whose parents are divorced, thinks that her mother loves her lamp made in the shape of a girl and named Mary Anne, more than she loves Flora Belle. When in a fit of lost temper the mother admits that without Flora Belle her life would be easier, the child is devastated and takes an opportunity to run away in order to save her squirrel friend. There is also a boy whose mother has rejected him because he has destroyed her new husband's car. The boy, William Spiver, then chooses to wear dark glasses that prevent him from seeing. He lives with a great-aunt and uncle who, though somewhat silly, have taken him in and love him.  In the end, the lamp is smashed, mother admits that she loves her Flora Belle more than anything, the parents get back together, and William Spiver breaks his dark glasses and knows that his great -aunt and also Flora Belle truly love him. They all love the squirrel who also loves them. The squirrel's antics and some adult silliness help to make the story bearable. In the end, of course, all is well , but this reader is wondering if children who have felt rejected by their parents would be helped by reading that Flora Belle's mother loved her after all and not an inanimate object, the lamp shaped like a girl. The other message is that we need to find love where we can if our families do not provide it.  However, there are abused and mistreated children in this world. Do they always find love and acceptance? Perhaps it is not wrong to hold out hope for them too. 
This is by no means your ordinary funny animal story and should not be judged as such. 
In the hands of a skilled adult who gives it to a child who needs it and follows up with love and support it may be exactly the right book to supply a need. 

posted by Gardenseed on January 4, 2014

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Heart warming

DiCamillo does it again with her tender characters, special bonds & a most unusual adventure. Not my favorite of her book but still a heart warming story!

posted by libraryworm on January 28, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    GREAT

    SENCON OF THE BEST BOOKS HE MADE

    7 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Love it ?

    Y will loveit.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    G

    Oh ya

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Cant wait to read it

    My whole family is excited to read this awesome story!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    YES!

    It is so amazing. As George Buckman would say, "Holy bagumba!"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2014

    Kids that like to laugh will be over the moon with this book. Fl

    Kids that like to laugh will be over the moon with this book. Flora rescues Ulysses (a squirrel) from a vacuum cleaner, gives him CPR, and takes him home. The experience of being vacuumed has changed Ulysses, however. He is now a superhero squirrel (or something). He can fly, write poetry, and vanquish mean cats. Flora is an odd girl, but her cynical personality is perfect for the story. The boy that lives next door is a temporarily blind philosopher and drives Flora crazy.

    I loved Ulysses poetry. I also loved the way we got his point of view sometimes. He was obsessed with eating. He would have grandiose thoughts and ambitions, and then it always came back to food.

    The illustrations are fantastic. They add to the personality of the book and are very entertaining. I especially liked the comic strip sections where Ulysses slipped into superhero mode.

    Flora and Ulysses is full of friendship, love, and laugh out loud moments. I loved it.

    Content: clean

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    AWESOME SQUIRELS

    Funny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Soo fun

    Best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    I really liked this book, especially the end because her mom con

    I really liked this book, especially the end because her mom confessed she took Flora's squirrel. I think everyone should read this book because it's a good kids book and I think kids would love Flora,William Spiver, Tootie and Ulysses's adventure!  - Rachel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Tap here!!!!!!!!!

    To tell you the truth i wasen't that impressed by the book but it was a great book! Some chapters may be a little boreing but it was a good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

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    Looks: Long wavy auburn hair. Age: 16. Eyes/skin: Brown eyes tan skin. Height: 5'6 Likes: LOVE BASKETBALL!!!!! Sometimes tennis. NBA AND WNBA!!! Family God, friends books boys computer my 5c. Crush: get o know me before u find out. Status: single. anything else just ask.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Nicole's bio

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    Posted June 10, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Oooooo

    I read the sample and it seems like a great book i might buy it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Like So Aswomme I love this book!

    I really love the books you wrote and i read this one, no oophenc but i did't really like this book

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