Flora & Ulysses
The Illuminated AdventuresBook - 2013
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blue_dog_8171 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 14
blue_dolphin_4663 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12
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"The Criminal Element" spoke often, and passionately, about the nefarious activities that every human being is capable of. Not only did it insist that the human heart was dark beyond all reckoning; it also likened the heart to a river. And further, it said, "If we are not careful, that river can carry us along in its hidden currents of want and anger and need, and transform each of us into the very criminal we fear."
Ulysses "was enormously, inordinately pleased with himself. He felt immensely powerful! He felt like writing a poem!"
“George… we have a problem. Your daughter has become emotionally attached to a diseased squirrel.”
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Flora is a huge comic fan with a secret. She has a superhero pet squirrel! Together with her squirrel Flora is able to fight her arch nemesis. Flora first finds Ulysses the squirrel after he was sucked up into the brand new vacuum cleaner the “Ulysses 2000x” when she finally frees him he stands up and shakes the vacuum for crackers. From that moment on Flora knows Ulysses is a special squirrel.
This adorable tale follows a girl and her squirrel friend which I love. These fun characters go on so many adventures you are sure to want to read this story more than once. This book is appropriate for all ages, and I would highly recommend it.
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 best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.
It all began with a vacuum cleaner. Not just any vacuum cleaner, mind you, but a Ulysses Super-Suction, Multi-Terrain 2000X. One minute Mrs. Tickham is being dragged through her yard by a piece of cleaning equipment that clearly has a mind of its own, and the next she’s vacuumed up a live squirrel. Flora, child cynic and lover of all this comic book related, witnesses the event and when she runs to the squirrel finds that not only is it all right, it is imbued with superpowers. The squirrel, now dubbed Ulysses, is truly an extraordinary creature. It can leap tall buildings with a single bound (and fly!). It has super strength. And best of all, it can write poetry. Flora is convinced that Ulysses is a superhero, and it’s up to her to help him fulfill his destiny and protect him from his nemesis. Trouble is, how do you tell who a true nemesis is? And what if it turns out to be someone close to home?
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