Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Soon to be an original movie on Disney+. The beloved 2014 Newbery Medal winner by former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo.
Holy unanticipated occurrences!
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 number one New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 29 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 24, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #13,408 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#33 in Children's Marriage & Divorce Books (Books)
#79 in Humorous Fiction for Children
#115 in Family Life Fiction for Children
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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
Flora's mom is a romance writer who seems to pay more attention to her romance novels and a shepherdess lamp than she does her daughter. Since the divorce, Flora's dad, George, seems sadder and quieter. Flora turns to her favorite comic, The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto, to escape the heartache in her life. Flora (10) becomes friends with another boy William Spiver (11), similar to Flora as a divergent thinker, dealing with his own family problems.
Author Kate DiCamillo weaves a touching story about these two offbeat children and a squirrel that Flora's mom thinks is rabid and diseased. While there is plenty of silliness and laugh-out-loud moments, there are many valuable lessons for kids to learn from this book. As a retired elementary teacher, I believe most children at the upper elementary level will enjoy this book.
Top reviews from other countries
A great read from a master writer.