The 2014 Newbery Medal winner, written by beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo.
Holy unanticipated occurrences! 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 K. G. Campbell. Includes an excerpt of Kate DiCamillo's newest novel, Raymie Nightingale.
Newbery Medalist DiCamillo and illustrator Campbell meld prose with comics sequences in a broad comedy tinged with sadness. Bitter about her parents' divorce, Flora Buckman has withdrawn into her favorite comic book, The Amazing Incandesto! and memorized the advisories in its ongoing bonus feature, Terrible Things Can Happen to You! She puts those life-saving tips into action when a squirrel is swallowed whole by a neighbor's new vacuum cleaner, the Ulysses Super-Suction Multi-Terrain 2000X. Flora resuscitates the squirrel, christens him after the vacuum, and witnesses a superhero-like transformation: Ulysses is now ber-strong, can fly, and composes poetry. Despite supremely quirky characters and dialogue worthy of an SAT prep class, there's real emotion at the heart of this story involving two kids who have been failed by the most important people in their lives: their parents. It's into this profound vacuum that Ulysses really flies, demonstrating an unconditional love for his rescuer, trumped only perhaps by his love for food and a desire "to make the letters on the keyboard speak the truth of his heart." Ages 10 up. Author's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words.
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Flora and Ulysses
I like the book but I am still reading it on audible with my grandma
Over the summer I gave this book to my students to read and they had a blast when they came back to school in the fall they told me on how much they love each character and the adventures that floor and Ulysses went on I cannot wait to give them another great Katie for my students to read for this upcoming summer The hint is elephant.
each book kate writes has a much deeper meaning than just plain fun, i have quickly discovered. at first, when i saw this book i figured it would just be a fun one. but as always, it was not so. kate writes with fun and delight, but also with a seriousness and knowledge of what happens to kids in real life. she knows parents get separated, and she knows how kids are affected by that. and she doesn’t shy away from it. instead, she attacks the issue head on, and by including issues such as parents being separated, she lets kids know who are going through such things, that they are not alone. props to kate for facing these things. this is why i love her.