By Kate DiCamillo

Candlewick Press, 2013. 


She is a natural-born cynic! He is an unassuming squirrel! Together Flora & Ulysses will conquer villians, defend the defenseless, and protect the weak. Or Something.


The opening description is wonderful and pulls the reader right into the voice of the character of Flora. “Flora Belle Buckman was in her room at her desk. She was very busy. She was doing two things at once. She was ignoring her mother, and she was also reading a comic book entitled The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto!”

I was drawn into the story and never left it. The illustrations gave me the artist’s ideas about how the characters looked. They added a lot to the words. There is even a poem by Ullysses in the epilogus.

I would recommend this book to the reader who likes a humorous book to read. It’s very funny in places. The vocabulary might occasionally be challenging but the story is worth it. Happy reading.


Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young, including The Tale of Despereaux, which received a Newberry Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newberry Honor; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,which won a Boston Globe-Horn Book award, and the best selling Mercy Watson series. About Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, she says, “I set out to tell the story of a vacuum cleaner and a squirrel. I ended up writing a book about superheros, cynics, poetry, love, giant donuts, little shephardess lamps, and how we are all working to find our way home. Seal blubber!” Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis.

About Mary T Kincaid

Writer of fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Love the mental age where the rules of logic are suspended and there is a willingness to enter the story world no matter what your physical age.

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