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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re huge fans of Kate DiCamillo’s poignant, emotionally complex middle-grades novels. Flora & Ulysses is no exception, and it might also be the most hilarious of all her books. The heroine, Flora, is a “natural-born cynic” who loves superhero comics, much to the chagrin of her cranky, romance-novelist mother. When Flora meets a squirrel that has supernatural powers (including the ability to write poetry), she senses that amazing things are about to happen—and meets a cast of sweet and eccentric but lonely characters. DiCamillo’s delightful use of vocabulary (Malfeasance! Obfuscation! Capacious!) adds to the story’s fun, warmhearted messages about friendship, family, and love, as do K.G. Campbell’s clever illustrations. It’s enough to melt the defenses of even the most cynical among us.
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 Bitter about her parents' divorce, Flora Buckman has withdrawn into her favorite comic book, The Amazing Incandesto!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.
This is an amazing book
This book is so hilarious and amazing this is my teachers favorite book and I am only 10! You will love this!
I❤️ this book. It is a really good plot and is interesting. I love how Flora is all the time thinking how Ulysses could be a super hero.
Flora and Ulysses
I like the book but I am still reading it on audible with my grandma