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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures


Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.000

Different style for DiCamillo

by Tarissa on Oct 8, 2014

A "cute" story -- great for young readers who like imaginative stories. Although "Flora and Ulysses" is outwardly charming, for some reason I just didn't "connect" with this book. I think I was just looking for more "meat and bones" to the story than what I received from it... especially coming from a talented storyteller such as Kate DiCamillo. However, the story boldly steps into more of a comic book style of writing (which is definitely different and adventurous for an author to attempt -- making an interesting outcome). There were a few things I either disliked or think that some parents may disapprove of... Flora Belle, the main character, calls herself a cynic (as does her mom) and thinks that because she is a cynic, she doesn't have to care about her actions when she doesn't feel like it. Flora Belle doesn't maintain a great relationship with her mom, and doesn't always get to see her dad because of the parents' divorce. Also, Flora Belle's mother smokes cigarettes -- something many parents I know would see as a con in a book. In all, the book is a sugar-coated tale of a superhero squirrel and his human cynic friend. Nicely written, but doesn't fit my personal taste.

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