Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
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.
“He was a squirrel. Could he be a superhero, too?”
Flora and Ulysses is a delightful blend of magical realism and comic book. Comic strips are used to help progress the story (rather than illustrate), which is sure to pull children into the action- and humor-packed scenes of the story. DiCamillo sprinkles the story with little pieces of wisdom that even an adult reader can grab onto.
“You must, if you care to understand
anything at all, become a Giant Ear.”
I found each character to be intelligent and endearing. Progressing from the well-read and self-assured mind of a ten-year-old, to the quirky but sage Dr. Meescham. This unfolding of experience and wisdom in the people around Flora served as a subtle message to young readers that not everything can be learned from story worlds, and some of the best things to be learned are from the people around us.
⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢ FOUR STARS
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