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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Audio CD – Unabridged, September 24, 2013
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It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters.
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- Publisher : Listening Library; Unabridged edition (September 24, 2013)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0449015130
- ISBN-13 : 978-0449015131
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.05 x 1.15 x 5.85 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Today I am writing a book review about Flora and Ulysses. It’s about a shy girl named Flora who loves superhero comics. Her friend is someone named Ulysses—who also just so happens to be a squirrel! They get together in a freak accident that involves an annoyed woman, an oversized vacuum cleaner, and squirrel CPR. It was then and there that the unlikely friends had their first adventure…
My thoughts about the book are these: I really liked how the author grabs your attention and pulls you into the story to make you feel like you’re right there. I also like how hilarious the squirrel is and how he is always hungry. Finally, I like how Flora grew and saw how important friendship really is to her—just like a plant finally seeing the sunshine and reaching up toward it. I absolutely recommend this book to others!
Madelyn Beams, age 8
In Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures there are many unanticipated occurrences and it all begins with a vacuum cleaner, a squirrel and a natural born cynic named Flora. There is a wacky cast of characters including a self absorbed romance writer, an air head neighbor, an emotionally traumatized great-nephew next door and a sad, sad father. They all tip toe right up to the line of being too wacky but only cross the line a little and in such silly ways I loved them for it. In fact, I won't even try to give you a plot synopsis because honestly, it's a simple and predictable plot but a joy to read and discover on your own.
Kate DiCamillo books are always wonderful read alouds, but this one is just BEGGING for a dramatic reading. I gave it to my brilliant eight year old for Christmas and we've had a terrific time either reading alone or together. This is a great book for sitting close on the sofa so you can both see the pictures but leave plenty of room for dramatic gestures which you'll probably find necessary as you read. The illuminations (illustrations) are basic yet expressive and they really enhance the humor. Honestly, it's hard to capture the funny wonderfulness of Flora and Ulysses in a review. You have to read it for yourself. :)
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A great read from a master writer.