Flora And Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Flora And Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

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Overview

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry--and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format--a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606391009
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 803,362
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, which received a Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award Finalist; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, winner of a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award; The Magician’s Elephant; and the best-selling Mercy Watson series. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis.

K. G. Campbell is the author-illustrator of Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters. He was born in Kenya, raised in Scotland, and now lives in southern California.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it .it is cute!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great realistic fiction with action, drama, a flying squirrel and an orange dumdum. This book also portrays that comic books CAN be good to read sometimes and that dreams CAN come true.
libraryworm More than 1 year ago
I love Kate DiCamillo; I have read all of her books. This wasn't my favorite read of hers but it was a tender, heart-warming, adventurous story as she consistantly writes. The book was written in a fun way with comics, illustrations and short chapters!
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Y will loveit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flora and Ulysses takes place in a normal town in 2013. The book is about two weeks long. The story of Flora and Ulysses all started with a vacuum cleaner. The Ulysses 2000X, a vacuum cleaner, sucked up Ulysses, an unassuming squirrel, and almost killed him. Lucky for him, Flora Belle, a natural-born cynic, saved his life. But there's something different with Ulysses than other squirrels. Ulysses is a villain fighting, superhero with super powers! Flora and Ulysses meet plenty of unique, quirky, and funny characters along the way. He and Flora will conquer villains, defend the defenseless, and protect the weak! Or something. I think Flora and Ulysses is a five star book. There is nothing negative I can say about this book except that there could be fewer pictures and more words. But I love the plot of the book. Flora is a natural-born cynic and Ulysses is a superhero squirrel. If you like graphic novels, adventure, and fiction, but can't decide which to read, I would recommend this book to you. This book was a real page turner. Flora and Ulysses is an amazing book!
book4children More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My whole family is excited to read this awesome story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different than most of Kate DiCamillos books, may appear do be silly but actually has a serious topic and is a good read. Highly recomended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This week I read the book Flora & Ulysses.  I gave the book three stars.  I think it was overall a good book.  You should read this because it was a good read for young readers, as myself.  I recommend this book.  It has a lot of funny parts. - Gejnique
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that anybody who loves the book Winn-Dixie, would love this book, too.  I give this story 4 stars because it is funny, has a lot of characters and i love Flora and Ulysses.  Maleena
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so amazing. As George Buckman would say, "Holy bagumba!"
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best young dult
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really is great I read it one summer day. I thought that I would only read a couple pages but the book sucked me in and I finished it in one day!!!! This is a great book! Make sure you read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT WAS AWESOME
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in naked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flora and Uysless is a comic book style story about a girl and a squirel. Together they go on adventures near and far. And when times get rough, they are always there to help each other. I would recommend this book to people who like comics, adventure, and humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesme book super cute and funny topic ;)