Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Audio CD – Audiobook, 24 Sep 2013
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Original, touching and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl. Kirkus reviews Flora & Ulysses is a truly unique book. DiCamillo's narrative is gentle yet engaging and intelligent. Her characters, though oddballs, are immediately loveable and relatable. Campbell's vivid, hilarious illustrations and comic strip inserts give this book an added dimension that does not come across at all gimicky, rather enriching the narrative, in particular the chapters that focus on Ulysses' point of view. Both warm and laugh out loud funny, it is a treat from start to finish for children and adults alike. It comes as no surprise that this has won the 2014 Newbery Medal, and well deserved it is too. Flora and Ulysses are sure to become favourite characters in many households and their story one to be revisited time and again. We Love This Book Flora and Ulysses is a lovely middle grade book; it's charming, kooky and features a very clever squirrel who I quickly fell in love with. It's fantastically illustrated by K.G. Campbell and is an absolute joy to look at Wondrous Reads Unruly adventures that are refreshingly zany Guardian Review Unique in style, this fabulous story combines traditional storytelling with huge illustrations and comic strips to create an exciting and heart-warming adventure The Publisher's Association's Best New Children's Books Summer 2014, The Guardian This book is Hilarious with a capital H!!!! Guardian Reader Review You should read it, share it and read it again! Original, touching, unique, quirky are all words that sum up this book but to really do it justice make sure to read it for yourself. Armadillo --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by a master storyteller. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The squirrel - now named Ulysses - returns to life as a super squirrel able to lift heavy weights, fly and write poetry. Flora's determined to help Ulysses reach his full superhero potential but every superhero has a nemesis and Flora suspects the motives of William Spiver, her neighbour's nephew who claims to be blind but blatantly isn't ...
Kate DiCamillo's MG novel is a quirky, charming and original delight with strong themes of loneliness and friendship that left me very moved by the end. I honestly loved it from beginning to end and the illustrations by K. G. Campbell are an absolute delight. It's the type of book that will appeal to both reluctant and confident readers aged 8+ and I think many parents will love it too.
Flora is a delightful character. Slightly insecure, a little lost and with only her books for company I absolutely loved the friendship that develops between her and Ulysses and how she learns more about herself and her parents in the process. Ulysses is similarly adorable - constantly hungry, he's bemused by his sudden powers but his joy at being able to express himself together with his own slightly fatalistic look on life totally held my attention.Read more ›
Flora loves her comic - Terrible Things that can happen to you. It has prepared her for almost every eventuality life might throw at her. And often makes her think in and see the world as a comic book. But she's not wholly prepared when next door's vacuum cleaner sucks up a squirrel and gives him superpowers. Yes that's right, read that sentence again if you need to.
Naming him Ulysses, Flora knows he has a purpose - to do good. Unfortunately her romance-writing mother would not understand, so Flora must seek advice from other sources, possibly 'William Spiver' (don't call him William), her neighbour Tootie or her comic-loving father.
It's madcap, it's fast-paced. Ulysses is a pretty well drawn (no pun intended) character with a fairly impressive sideline in poetry. Flora and William Spiver (don't call him William) are fun to follow and there's lots of humour in their situations as well as occasional pathos.
The comic side of this is hilarious, illustrations beautiful, story very engaging and style original and appealing. Give it a try - adults and their offspring.
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Delightful story. Beautifully written. Great humour. Excellent opportunities for language development. Another triumph for DiCamilloPublished 1 month ago by catherine o'leary
I like this book because it's happy and funny. I think the ending was not the best ending I have read before thoughPublished 17 months ago by Erin Wylie
An intriguing high energy story with many laugh out loud moments alongside the dryer humour as it deals with love and friendship, the consequences of marital breakdown, and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Fran Todd
Simple, beautiful, moving and funny. We loved it. Hope Ulysses publishes more poetry.Published 18 months ago by L. Crawford
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