Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

The Illuminated Adventures

Book - 2013 | 1st ed
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Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763660406
076366040X
9780763676711
0763676713
9781489819352
1489819355
Branch Call Number: j
Characteristics: 231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Flora and Ulysses

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MadelineB30
Jul 12, 2017

I enjoyed this book because I thought that it was pretty funny. My favourite part was when the mom took Ulysses. I enjoyed this part because it was interesting and kept me reading. The only negative feedback I have about this book is to make it more exciting.

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gritslover
Aug 04, 2016

How can you go wrong with Kate? This is fun! But my fave is still Because of Winn-Dixie

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TomasR
May 23, 2016

I love this book. I highly recommend this book!!!!!!!!!!

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klmpeace
Dec 09, 2015

Lovely story of a superhero squirrel and his friend, Flora.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Interest level: ages 8-12. Everything changes for superhero aficionado Flora when she sees a squirrel get sucked up and spit out of a neighbour’s vacuum. The squirrel, renamed Ulysses, is no longer a regular squirrel. He's is a type-writing superhero who fills Flora’s world with a new sense of adventure.

When you think superheroes, squirrels don't usually come to mind. But Ulysses is just that: a super-power wielding squirrel, born anew with the ability to fly and communicate with humans. Flora, disappointed by adults in her life, namely, her divorced parents, isn't looking for superpowers, she's looking for love and support. This story is interspersed with illustrations and comic strip panels which add to its whimsy and eccentricity.

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Yuchenwu
Nov 19, 2015

smart flora

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marthabwaters
Aug 18, 2015

Sigh. Kate DiCamillo is great, but this is not her best effort. Her writing style is super distinctive, but what worked so well in some of her other novels isn't as successful here; furthermore, it is SO quirky and deliberately off-beat that the entire book reads as trying too hard. Having said that, however: DiCamillo is an excellent writer, so technically this is good; furthermore, she excels at writing memorable characters. Discard the hipster quirk of this, and you've got the foundation of a good novel.

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whitneygallons
Jul 06, 2015

Not Kate DiCamillo's most engaging book, by far, but it still has her touch. With the simplest observations, she manages to get you right in the heart when you least expect it. And as usual, she leaves you wishing you knew more about several of the characters.

Workingthestacks Jun 19, 2015

One of my all time favorite children's novels. Super quirky and witty, the dialogue is superb and authentic. The plot is very creative; it's something I would have imagined as a child: a squirrel who has superpowers and becomes your pet. Just the best!

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jwesterfield
Jun 17, 2015

This is a great book. It is aout a lumminated grill who has a squarel who has superpowers.

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MadelineB30
Jul 12, 2017

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Jul 06, 2016

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TomasR
May 23, 2016

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joycemas
Jul 02, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

M02V May 17, 2014

M02V thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

SPL_Childrens Apr 30, 2014

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 11

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blue_dolphin_4663
Feb 17, 2014

blue_dolphin_4663 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 18, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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JCLChrisK Jan 05, 2014

"The Criminal Element" spoke often, and passionately, about the nefarious activities that every human being is capable of. Not only did it insist that the human heart was dark beyond all reckoning; it also likened the heart to a river. And further, it said, "If we are not careful, that river can carry us along in its hidden currents of want and anger and need, and transform each of us into the very criminal we fear."

quagga Nov 21, 2013

Holy bagumba!

quagga Nov 21, 2013

Ulysses "was enormously, inordinately pleased with himself. He felt immensely powerful! He felt like writing a poem!"

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 18, 2013

“George… we have a problem. Your daughter has become emotionally attached to a diseased squirrel.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 18, 2013

“… the torturing of dogs was the one reliable pleasure of a squirrel’s existence.”

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joycemas
Jul 02, 2014

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.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 18, 2013

It all began with a vacuum cleaner. Not just any vacuum cleaner, mind you, but a Ulysses Super-Suction, Multi-Terrain 2000X. One minute Mrs. Tickham is being dragged through her yard by a piece of cleaning equipment that clearly has a mind of its own, and the next she’s vacuumed up a live squirrel. Flora, child cynic and lover of all this comic book related, witnesses the event and when she runs to the squirrel finds that not only is it all right, it is imbued with superpowers. The squirrel, now dubbed Ulysses, is truly an extraordinary creature. It can leap tall buildings with a single bound (and fly!). It has super strength. And best of all, it can write poetry. Flora is convinced that Ulysses is a superhero, and it’s up to her to help him fulfill his destiny and protect him from his nemesis. Trouble is, how do you tell who a true nemesis is? And what if it turns out to be someone close to home?

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