Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

The Illuminated Adventures

Book - 2013
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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, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780763660406
Characteristics: 231 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.


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Nov 10, 2018

I read it when I was gr.3 and I still enjoy it! IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

Jul 19, 2018

there were many plot twists in this book and it was very funny I recommend this book for any age

VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 23, 2018

I quite enjoyed this book. It was funny and quirky and I thought it was sweet. There were some eccentric characters and unexpected plots twists. I loved the goofy little squirrel, Ulysses. The story had some depth to it and touched on some serious issues, without getting mired in them and losing its sense of lightness. I also really liked the accompanying illustrations which added greatly to the story's charm. I read this book with my book club, but some of the children didn't like it. The tone is quirky and off-beat and while that greatly appealed to me, this may be a bit of a love-it or hate-it type of book.

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.

Aug 04, 2016

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

May 23, 2016

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

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.

Nov 19, 2015

smart flora

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW 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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Jul 12, 2017

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Jul 02, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 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!"


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


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


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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.


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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