Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures


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Now available in a digest paperback edition! The beloved 2014 Newbery Medal winner by former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo.

Holy unanticipated occurrences! From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black and white by K. G. Campbell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763687649
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Sales rank: 13,650
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, which received a Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award Finalist; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, winner of a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award; The Magician’s Elephant; and the best-selling Mercy Watson series. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis.

K. G. Campbell is the author-illustrator of Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters. He was born in Kenya, raised in Scotland, and now lives in southern California.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
Young Flora is a little girl with an obsession with her comics that her father introduced her to. Reading them is a nice distraction from her parents being separated. She lives solely with her mother who is a writer and thinks the comics are not good enough for her daughter. Outside Flora house, an unusual accident with a squirrel and vacuum cleaning salesman creates a superhero. The squirrel, whom Flora named Ulysses, can now fly, has super strength and writes badly spelled poetry. What happens next can only be described as an extraordinary tale just like her comics. Like most Kate DiCamillo books Flora & Ulysses has whimsical storytelling, fun characters, and so much heart. I have to say my favorite character was Ulysses the squirrel. He did not say much but he sounds like a smart, cute, and fluffy friend to have around. My least favorite thing was Flora’s mother. She reminded me of Cinderella’s stepmother. She did not understand her daughter nor did it seem she wanted to. She was so unkind with Flora and even though her personality changed I still felt she was not to be trusted. I have read almost all of Kate DiCamillo’s books and I am not stopping after this one. Her characters are always different and quirky. There is always a calming comfy feeling when reading them. Even though she writes for children I would recommend her books for all age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First,get to know me Looks:curly brown hair,hazel eyes,blue glasses Likes:family friends basketball skateboarding scootering school reading food drawing making storys fun name:flora s Grade/age:3rd and 9 Crushes:NOT telling u Now,the story I like comics and I like books and I like kate di camillo and my name is flora so yeah it all adds up to Awesome book u should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher read this to my class and I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flora & Ulysses is about a girl named Flora and her squirrel named Ulysses that she rescued after he almost got sucked in a vacuum cleaner. Flora believes that Ulysses is a superhero because he can fly and type poetry on her momś typewriter. However, Floraś mom doesn't like Ulysses and wants to kill him. Two days after Flora rescued Ulysses her Dad comes to pick her up and they go out to breakfast. Ulysses accidentally attacks the waiter, and flies into a glass door. Flora and her Dad bring him to Dr. Meescham, who lives in her Dadś apartment. Dr. Meescham cures Ulysses concussion. The next day Flora is dropped off at her momś house again. That night Floraś mom kidnapps Ulysses. When Flora wakes up, she realizes that he is gone and sets off to find him. Meanwhile, Ulysses flies out of Floraś momś arms and heads towards Dr. Meescham. A few hours later, Flora finds Ulysses and her mom finds Flora. The story ends with Dr. Meescham and Floraś family reading some of Ulysses’ poetry. In Flora & Ulysses I was a little disappointed that Ulysses only fought Mr. Klaus. Also, you couldn't really connect with the characters. But it was very straight forward, easy to understand, and well written. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for anyone who is looking for a funny story about friendship, love, and hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read! I love books by Kate Dicamillo!????
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was over-all weird, quirky, and funny. I recomend this book to people who like an intresting read and ready for adventure.
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“All words at all times, true or false, whispered or shouted, are clues to the workings of the human heart.” Genre: Middle Grade Fiction. Number of Pages: 233. Perspective: Third. After a run in with a vacuum cleaner, an ordinary squirrel becomes much more. He may be exactly what a lonely girl with divorced parents needs. I love children’s literature. Why? Because it takes complex subjects and simplifies them for children. This book deals with divorce, neglect from a workaholic mother, and remarriage. But none of it felt heavy. The whole book was written as an over-the-top pseudo-comic book story. It was ridiculous and totally unbelievable, but it was wonderful. The illustrations were beautiful and mixed in with the story perfectly. Kate DiCamillo excels in kooky characters and animals that save broken spirits (such as in Because of Winn Dixie). If you read this story, you have to open to strange and fantastical things—such as a poetry-writing squirrel. But it will definitely be a fun ride. To read the rest of my review, go here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2017/02/flora-and-ulysses-kate-dicamillo.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flora is a natural born cynic. She loves to read comic books and memorized the advice from Terrible Thing Can Happen To You. Ulysses is a squirrel who gets superpowers. He got his superpowers buy getting sucked by a vacuum cleaner. That's where the journey begins. Flora's mother had a desire to kill Ulysses, but Flora finds out. Her mom kidnaps Ulysses and Flora puts a team together and searches for him. Eventually they all got back together and Flora forgives her mom . I thought this book was good because it was interesting and unique. I thought the book was sometimes confusing from time to time. I also liked how there were pictures that go along with the story and it makes the story more clear. I would recommend this book to people who like a fun and a bizarre books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flora and Ulysses is hilariously captivating. It lets a reader with a big imagination enjoy it very easily. I recommend this book for people who need a laugh and like cute and random adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago