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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Flora and Ulysses | Kate DiCamillo

“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. For a complete summary, you can go here.

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.

If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 





“Cynics are people who are afraid to believe.” 




4/5 Stars