Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures


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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell

Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.

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 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 #1 New York Times best-selling author 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: 9780763660406
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 238,005
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
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.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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

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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
My teacher read this to my class and I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flora & Ulysses is about a girl named Flora and her squirrel named Ulysses that she rescued after he almost got sucked in a vacuum cleaner. Flora believes that Ulysses is a superhero because he can fly and type poetry on her momś typewriter. However, Floraś mom doesn't like Ulysses and wants to kill him. Two days after Flora rescued Ulysses her Dad comes to pick her up and they go out to breakfast. Ulysses accidentally attacks the waiter, and flies into a glass door. Flora and her Dad bring him to Dr. Meescham, who lives in her Dadś apartment. Dr. Meescham cures Ulysses concussion. The next day Flora is dropped off at her momś house again. That night Floraś mom kidnapps Ulysses. When Flora wakes up, she realizes that he is gone and sets off to find him. Meanwhile, Ulysses flies out of Floraś momś arms and heads towards Dr. Meescham. A few hours later, Flora finds Ulysses and her mom finds Flora. The story ends with Dr. Meescham and Floraś family reading some of Ulysses’ poetry. In Flora & Ulysses I was a little disappointed that Ulysses only fought Mr. Klaus. Also, you couldn't really connect with the characters. But it was very straight forward, easy to understand, and well written. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for anyone who is looking for a funny story about friendship, love, and hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read! I love books by Kate Dicamillo!????
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was over-all weird, quirky, and funny. I recomend this book to people who like an intresting read and ready for adventure.
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“All words at all times, true or false, whispered or shouted, are clues to the workings of the human heart.” Genre: Middle Grade Fiction. Number of Pages: 233. Perspective: Third. After a run in with a vacuum cleaner, an ordinary squirrel becomes much more. He may be exactly what a lonely girl with divorced parents needs. I love children’s literature. Why? Because it takes complex subjects and simplifies them for children. This book deals with divorce, neglect from a workaholic mother, and remarriage. But none of it felt heavy. The whole book was written as an over-the-top pseudo-comic book story. It was ridiculous and totally unbelievable, but it was wonderful. The illustrations were beautiful and mixed in with the story perfectly. Kate DiCamillo excels in kooky characters and animals that save broken spirits (such as in Because of Winn Dixie). If you read this story, you have to open to strange and fantastical things—such as a poetry-writing squirrel. But it will definitely be a fun ride. To read the rest of my review, go here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2017/02/flora-and-ulysses-kate-dicamillo.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flora is a natural born cynic. She loves to read comic books and memorized the advice from Terrible Thing Can Happen To You. Ulysses is a squirrel who gets superpowers. He got his superpowers buy getting sucked by a vacuum cleaner. That's where the journey begins. Flora's mother had a desire to kill Ulysses, but Flora finds out. Her mom kidnaps Ulysses and Flora puts a team together and searches for him. Eventually they all got back together and Flora forgives her mom . I thought this book was good because it was interesting and unique. I thought the book was sometimes confusing from time to time. I also liked how there were pictures that go along with the story and it makes the story more clear. I would recommend this book to people who like a fun and a bizarre books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flora and Ulysses is hilariously captivating. It lets a reader with a big imagination enjoy it very easily. I recommend this book for people who need a laugh and like cute and random adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago