Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo’s newest contribution to wonderful children’s stories – Flora and Ulysses – involves the adventures of a young girl with a superhero squirrel. When the squirrel survives getting sucked into a vacuum cleaner, he attains superpowers: he can fly, think (mostly about how hungry he is), type, and write poetry. After a series of hilarious missteps, Ulysses saves the day and reunites Flora’s family.
DiCamillo combines humor with pathos as she targets the anxieties of Flora and her friend William, who are both suffering through changes in their families. K.G. Campbell’s artwork adds to the story with cartoon frames interspersed into the narrative. In this story, the adults learn the lessons of love, patience, and perseverance from the children, and, of course, from Ulysses, the poetic squirrel.
A book a child could share with a favorite adult – maybe even read aloud.
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