Flora And Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

ISBN-10: 076366040X
ISBN-13: 9780763660406
Author: DiCamillo, Kate
Illustrated by: Campbell, K. G.
Interest Level: 3-7
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publication Date: September 2013

Copyright: 2013

Page Count: 240

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Interest Level

Grades 3-7

Reading Level

Guided Reading: U
Lexile: 520L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.3
Accelerated Reader Points: 5.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes

JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Marriage & Divorce

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 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.

Michelle Abeln, Collection Development Specialist

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10/5/2013 11:28:15 AM
Witnessing an innocent squirrel mistakenly sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, ten-year-old Flora, a self-described cynic, rushes to the rescue. After performing squirrel CPR, Flora names her new friend Ulysses and soon discovers he has woken up with super powers. Ulysses has super strength, the power to fly and a budding interest in poetry. Like most superheroes, Ulysses soon discovers he has an arch-nemesis. Flora must use all she's learned from her favorite comic books series, The Illuminated Adventures Of The Amazind Incandesto, to help save him. Mixing full page illustrations and comic panels with high level text, Flora And Ulysses is a wonderful book that delves into such weighty topics as love, friendship, family and the power of words.