Book Title: The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulysses
Illustrator: K.G. Campbell
Genre: Middle Grade Novel, Fiction, Humor
- ISBN-10: 076366040X
- ISBN-13: 978-0763660406
Awards: 2014 Newberry Medal
Why Did I Choose It? It's simple really. It was last year's Newberry Medal winner, so an easy pick for me to read in 2014! I didn't accomplish picking it up and reading it through until the end of the year but I am delighted to have done so. I'm already looking forward to this year's pick!
A Bit From The Back Cover: She stood at the window and watched as the squirrel was vacuumed up. Poof. Fwump. "Holy bagumba!" said Flora.
My Review: I really enjoyed this book. It was the kind of funny and lighthearted reading I needed as a break from all the serious reading I've been doing lately. This children's novel begins with a cynic, a squirrel and a vacuum cleaner. Can it get any more crazy? Yes! Add in a romance novel writer for a mother, a poetry loving neighbor and her not so blind nephew, a donut and a lamp and well, you've got yourself a very entertaining Newberry medal winner. Kate DiCamallo's characters come to life as you turn the pages as you follow the tale of a squirrel turned 'super hero' after being sucked up by a vacuum cleaner. Bizarre you say? YES! Quirky? Sure, but a brilliant, humorous way of reaching out to the young reader and demonstrating that even a cynic can discover the possibility of hope and find that love exists in places (or people) you wouldn't expect. As a plus, it's a superb tool to teach excellent vocabulary with an entertaining humorous story and not a dull, dry, vocabulary workbook 🙂 Who can't love that?
Other Books By This Author: Because of Winn Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Mercy Watson to the Rescue, and others.
Interesting Links: http://floraandulysses.com/book.html