30. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illustrator), 233 pages, read by Angie, on 10/30/2013

She is a natural born cynic. He is an unassuming squirrel. Together they are magical superheroes. If you are going to be a superhero you must be prepared for Holy unanticipated occurrences! Especially those fromĀ The Criminal Element. If you consultĀ Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, you will be prepared for anything. Although it might not prepare you for the Ulysses Super-Suction, Multi-Terrain 2000x which you can use to vacuum your yard, and it just might give super powers to a squirrel. Said squirrel, now known as Ulysses, becomes Flora’s best friend. He loves to write poetry, throw cats down hallways and he is always hungry (giant donuts!). Of course a superhero must have an arch-nemesis and Ulysses’s is Flora’s mom who wants to hit him on the head with a shovel.

Holy Bagumba was this book fun to read. The cast of characters alone is worthy of admiration. Of course we have Flora and Ulysses, but there is also Tootie Tinkham, owner of the vacuum cleaner, and her nephew William Spiver, who is temporarily blind. We also meet Flora’s dad, George Buckman, and Dr. Meescham from Blundermeecen where there might be trolls. I loved the language: sepulchral gloom, treacle, euphemistically: all words not usually found in children’s books. I also really enjoyed the comic panels that are scattered throughout the book. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy a book about a super squirrel as much as I did, but I found I couldn’t put it down.

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