Flora and Ulysses

by Kate DiCamillo

ALibrary Book Club meeting for this book was held January 19, 2017, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held February 11, 2016.

A Books for Boys meeting for this book was held October 15, 2015.

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 #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.

Newbery Medal 2014

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★★ and said, “What a great book this is! Its a totally worthy addition to the Newbery list. Right from the beginning with that great cartoon, this book had me interested and laughing. K.G. Campbell’s illustrations are so great throughout! They really add to the storyline in a very tangible way. The language in this book is so quirky and charming, it totally matches the illustrations. DiCamillo has a real talent in being able to portray very real people and situations in a way that is compelling and enjoyable. I loved Flora! And Ulysses is a character pretty much unique, at least in my reading! I think this is an excellent read for middle-school kids and older, as they will be able to relate to Flora’s situation. Grown-ups will love it for different reasons, but will love it equally. Highly Recommended!”

Miranda rated it ★★★ and said, “This was a cute read. It reminded me a bit of Beverly Cleary’s Ralph books. The illustrations were fun, and I think there was just enough to work and not get bogged down in that format for those who don’t enjoy it as much as the written word.”

Cathy rated it ★★★★★ and said, “Holy unanticipated occurrences! This is a fun, fast read with a lot of substance. I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.”

Lorna rated it ★★★★★ and said, “Many truths are exposed in this delightful tale.”

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