Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Flora Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures 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

  • Title: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
  • Author: Kate DiCamillo K.G. Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780763660406
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 thIt 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.

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    1. Ten Reasons Why I LOVE the 2014 Newbery Medal winner Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo # 10. This book cracked me up. # 9. The hybrid combo of traditional chapter book and graphic novel segments works seamlessly and pullsyoung readers into the story. #8. More packed-in WORD POWER—malfeasance, capacious, obfuscation for starters—than any other kids’book I know. (Heck, I have several degrees, I’m an author, and I didn’t know some of the words.) #7. A kids’ book that can boost SAT [...]

    2. I like a bit of subtlety with my “meaning”. What I mean by that is that when I pick up a book for kids, it’s tough on me, as a reader, to go through something saturated and imbued with the weight and splendor of meaning on every page. It bogs me down. And, to be frank, this is what makes it so hard for kids to read some of those old classics like Paula Fox’s The Slave Dancer or Johnny Tremain. Meaning, for me, should be a slight subtle thing that is all the more powerful when it comes se [...]

    3. I guess I have to explain myself after everyone I know has raved about this book. Initially I was loving it, but the ending didn't work for me. And after I finished it, I realized that while it was cute and quirky, it tried a bit too hard to be cute and quirky. Whatever it was that bothered me, it didn't get resolved and so I'm thinking this one is just OK.

    4. More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants.WHAT I LIKED: I am a huge Kate DiCamillo fan, so I was really excited to see that she has a new book coming out this month. As an extra bonus, Flora & Ulysses is told partially via short, full-page cartoon strips, which will make it especially popular with 8-11 year old readers. DiCamillo's skillful use of vocabulary will help expose readers to words they likely have never seen. The squirrel is super-cute and the drawings made me smile. I loved his thought ca [...]

    5. Not a fan of Kate DiCamillo (I know, I know, blasphemy!) I only picked this up because it's a National Book Award longlist. I read it in a day and I must (begrudgingly) admit that I didn't hate it. Not much happens, but in a middle grade novel, that's not a bad thing. There are quirky characters, funny pictures, and enough graphic novel/comic panels to help librarians convince reluctant readers that it's worth the effort.What bothered me most (and I swear this is legit, not just me rolling my ey [...]

    6. 4/5Una historia tierna, disparatada y llena de valores, con unos personajes entrañables y que trata muchos temas, con profundidad (todo lo posible por ser una obra infantil), humor y cariño. Una lectura muy recomendada.

    7. Kate DiCamillo's contributions to the literary canon have been many things, but they have never been silly. Proof:The Tiger Rising: subtle & thoughtfulBecause of Winn-Dixie: tender & sweetThe Tale of Despereaux: warm & invitingThe Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: heart-wrenching & deeply movingThe Magician's Elephant: somber & bleakly hopefulBut silly?No.Until now.Until Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.The premise itself is head-scratchingly silly (especial [...]

    8. I don't hardly know what to say about this story. Maybe because my heart is growing bigger, and happier, having read it, and I can't just start quoting the lines I loved, because I would be quoting the entire book. Turn toward joy. Open your door when someone knocks. Take off your glasses and see the stars. I promise to always turn back to you. Flare up like a flame. A story full of heart and poetry and belief and joy. Thanks for this.When the engine's on fire and we're screaming into the black [...]

    9. I loved this, and thought it was perfect. All those haters on this book picking apart Flora's vocabulary need to see that Flora is trying like hell to guard her heart, and this little squirrel comes along and opens her heart. This is a wonderous book where unbelievable things happen, and I think it's fine to believe that Flora can shout MALFEASANCE!! Isn't it great to think that if you wanted to, you could shout, MALFEASANCE!Since when would someone say, "That word is much too large for you. Yo [...]

    10. Read for Children's Literature Network Book Club.I often wonder what is inside Kate DiCamillo's head and heartWhere does it all come from? "Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure" is another story of longing, loneliness, and love from DiCamillo. It tears at the heartstrings long after the reader has finished the book. Again, it is a story of the ages for the ages. With its beautiful imagery, multi-layered characters, messages for all ages, and spot-on illustrations, it is destined to becom [...]

    11. Good reads win (thanks again love)  The plot was jagged and torn by too many subplot and divisions. It had no clear indication of an initial or final destination which was one of its largest failings. Within it we have the magically superhero squirrel. Flora looking for independence, security, and love. But flora lives vicariously through the animal's accomplishments using them as some sort of extension for herself, almost as if she can get the life, hope, self love etc that was absent before s [...]

    12. Una divertida novela con una variedad de personajes a los que al final coges cariño. Es una novela rara (en el buen sentido), llena de situaciones irreales donde prima la inocencia infantil y el humor. Es una lectura simpática con una edición preciosa. Me ha gustado el mezclar el cómic con ilustraciones normales y texto. ¡Hacen más ágil la lectura!

    13. Reread: November 2017My daughter, who previously didn't want to read this book, confiscated my copy and finished it in one day. Now, we both have a soft spot for William Spiver and the poetic Ulysses. I have also decided that our next dog should be named Flora Belle. "What a lovely, melodious name."Original Review: October 2017 I went into this middle grade book, thinking I wouldn't like it. I had gotten it out of the library hoping that either my 9 or 11 year old kids would be interested in rea [...]

    14. Dear Ms DiCamillo,I loved Because of Winn Dixie. I adored it.But I've hated everything you've written since.And it's not because I don't love fantasy and whimsy, because I do.But your whimsical prose inevitably makes me want to throw your book out the window. And this one is no exception.However, I will not throw it out the window. Instead, because it is a best seller I will carefully put it on my new book shelf and leave it for someone who takes the best seller lists seriously to read, or give [...]

    15. Cuma IDR 60K di Big Bad Wolf Indonesia. Hihihi.Setelah si kelinci Edward Tulane dan si tikus di "The Tale of Despereaux", kali ini ada Ulysses si tupai. Aku bertanya-tanya bagaimana jadinya kalau DiCamillo membuat cerita tanpa karakter hewan di dalamnya.Flora si masa-bodo (apa ya terjemahan yang tepat buat "cynic"?) dan Ulysses sukses mengingatkan kembali tentang makna kasih-sayang.Selengkapnya: bibliough/2016/

    16. I started out loving "Flora". It was typical DiCamillo charm; quirky characters and an endearing plot. However, somewhere along the way the story turned and it started to become a bit maudlin and dark. The ending was sweet, but felt a bit forced. The other thing that caused me to knock a star off the review, was that DiCamillo had a main character smoking (complete with illustration). It always bothers me to see characters in children's books aimed at the elementary set either smoking or drinkin [...]

    17. Santa BagumbaEste livro é fresco, terno, doceNão é para rir!Não é para chorar!Mas é para sorrir!Santa Bagumba, adorei o livro! :)

    18. I actually finished reading this book yesterday. And, for the first time since weekly writing reviews, I didn't post one right away. Sigh, I'm not sure how I feel about this one. It was predictable. It was for young readers- 8 to 12 years old- which doesn't quite apply for me. But really, who cares? I'm not a kid anymore, but I enjoyed reading this book! I needed something different and I got it!If you think contemporary, well it's not quite that. Flora doesn't know how to interact with people. [...]

    19. This is a well written book with so much going on. It has interesting characters and fun situations. I don't know what it is about it but this story just didn't strike the right chord with me. Who knows. It was ok, I just didn't love it and I feel like I should have. The character I enjoyed the most was the doctor with the horsehair couch. I think younger people will enjoy it, there is a lot of action and a flying squirrel is fun. The whole thing didn't work for me. I think this is a me issue an [...]

    20. yourhappinesslife La historia nos la cuentan en tercera persona y en capítulos cortitos, también mezclando algunas viñetas de comic, principalmente centradas en Ulises y Flora, mientras nos cuentan historias de los otros personajes. Este libro tiene pequeños y ligeros aprendizajes que nos cuentan estos lindos personajes como la felicidad, es mundo, la familia, el amor, la soledadLas ilustraciones y la edición de este libro me ha encantado! Se nota que está muy cuidada y las ilustraciones l [...]

    21. Last spring, Jack Gantos and I were hangin’ out, shootin’ the breeze*, and talking about which new kids’ books we liked. He said that he really liked Mr. and Mrs. Bunny –Detectives Extraordinaire, partly because Horvath’s animals are smart. He remarked that just because your characters are animals doesn’t mean that they have to be dull-witted. I think he actually used a funnier word than that, but it’s been too long and I don’t remember what it was. If you see him around, ask him [...]

    22. Flora y Ulises es una novela que me ha gustado muchísimo, cargada de valores y con una enseñanza muy bonita entre sus páginas. Se trata de una novela autoconclusiva ganadora de varios premios y que ha sido una de las novelas más famosas en Estados Unidos en 2014. Es una novela corta, con muchísimas ilustraciones y con una edición impoluta.Siguiendo por el tema de la edición es algo que, sin duda, cabe a destacar en una reseña. Esta novela es de tapa dura, contiene en su interior ilustrac [...]

    23. Kate DiCamillo is a contemporary children’s literature icon. She’s mastered picture books; early readers; chapter books; novels; and now, she’s just obliterated all of the today’s most popular formats: graphic novel / illustrated novel / traditional novel. Flora and Ulysses not only merges these formats, Kate works a commentary about them seamlessly into the story. I’m not making any bones about, I celebrate Kate’s entire catalog- but for my money, Bink and Gollie is rarified air tha [...]

    24. Frankly, I was disappointed by this book. It had its moments. It was cute. But that was all ruined for me by the fact that Flora has absolutely no respect for either of her parents. And her parents are made out as bumbling idiots. Oh, and her mother ends up the villain of the story.I realize this is a middle-grade novel, and DiCamillo is probably trying to play to her audience. She probably thinks this is the time when kids lose respect for their parents and stop seeing them as perfect. I would [...]

    25. It all starts with a vacuum cleaner accident involving a squirrel. Flora resuscitates the squirrel, names him Ulysses, and takes him home with her. Flora didn't expect Ulysses to gain any special powers after the accident, but he did and one of them is poetry writing.A funny middle grade book geared toward 8-10 year olds. Eccentric and quirky characters. A sweet and silly story about a girl and her super-squirrel. It was a little too silly for me, but likely a fun read for the target age group. [...]

    26. Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses won this year's Newbery medal and again as so often in the past I'm dissatisfied with the choice of the judges. The story is choppy, loose ends are left hanging, none of the characters is easy to like, and as so often in children's literature these days, adults are either evil (Flora's mother actually puts out a hit on Ulysses), neurotic and flaccid (her father repeatedly says "Hello, I'm George Buckman. How do you do"), or simply emotionally unavailable to the [...]

    27. "Holy bagumba!" I loved this book! Kate DiCamillo is a magician with words and stories. I love how she combines fantasy, friendship, and quirkiness in all her books to make unforgettable characters. This one involves a squirrel who gains superhero powers after being sucked into the Ulysses 2000X vacuum cleaner (weird, I know, but somehow this story element works) and captures the heart of Flora who names him Ulysses, of course. He is a poet and valiant friend, keeping Flora company in her self-p [...]

    28. i love everything about this book, it's quirkiness and big words, the ease with which DiCamillo makes big statements about life in the ease of an apartment of an old lady with a horse hair sofas easiermtombe hopeful because your have nothing to lose,,and the message of turning my back toward you. But this is not a message laden book it is a grand adventure with a super hero and an arch nemesis and doughnuts and jelly sandwiches and a miraculous healing of an almost blind boyd lots more. Read it [...]

    29. When 10-year old Flora rescues a squirrel from a runaway vacuum cleaner, she discovers that the near death experience has given the squirrel (named Ulysses after the vacuum cleaner brand) superhero powers. In Kate DiCamillo's talented hands, oddball characters and an outlandish plot come together in this surprisingly moving and profound story. I particularly enjoyed the illustrations by K.G Campbell, who illustrated one of my favorite picture books last year, Lester's Dreadful Sweaters.

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