Book Review: Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Flora & Ulysses kicks off like any well-known superhero story: an unexpected event leads to unexpected greatness. Flora, an eccentric, self-proclaimed cynic, spares Ulysses (a squirrel) from a tragic death, thanks to guidance from her comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!. This book follows the adventures of Flora and Ulysses as they discover Ulysses' new powers, and as Flora finds she is capable of hope and love.

"Holy unanticipated occurrences!" This quote from the book completely sums up my reaction to it. I was floored by how incredible this story was. It was filled with love, passion, and friendship; showing the true goodness of people and what can happen if you hope and believe in something. It was refreshing to look through the eyes of a young, restless, innocent soul (not to mention through the eyes--or stomach--of a squirrel at various points in the story). I was, quite literally, laughing out loud throughout the entire book. I highly recommend Flora & Ulysses for everyone, and especially for those who are looking for a great book for young, reluctant readers. It is a fantastic read for those with a short attention span with the eccentric characters, giggle fits, and integrating comic illustrations within the text. You will not be disappointed if you read this book, I can promise you that. 

As always, enjoy!


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