Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Caitlin Flora and Ulysses

Flora and Ulysses is a book with a capacious heart and a flying squirrel.

Flora Belle Buckman is a natural-born cynic, lover of comics – especially ones that provide practical advice, with titles like ‘Terrible Things Can Happen To You!’.

Told with a sense of humor, this story about a serious kid who finds adventure in the most unlikely way will make you chuckle, and maybe even cry a little bit. But by the end of the story you’ll be glad you were a passenger on the ride.

Flora and Ulysses is a celebration of staying true to yourself and being authentic in your actions. It is no coincidence that throughout the book Ulysses is told to ‘remember who you are’.

The characters are lovely and the plot rollicks along, but it is the illustrations by KG Campbell that set this book apart. Part sweet adventure story, part comic book, the illustrated scenes take you to where the action is.

This is a memorable book that will stay with you, one of those modern classics to read to your kids and grandkids. After all, how often in life do you get introduced to a character such as a flying poet superhero squirrel with a heart of gold and a love of all food (from sardines to jam sandwiches), and an insatiable thirst for vanquishing evil? Thought so.

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