Sunday, June 29, 2014

Read this now: Flora and Ulysses

I'll keep this simple: If you have a 7-11 year old you read to, you must immediately buy Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.  Or borrow it.  Or steal it.  Whichever.  Regardless, it's fantastic.



Flora Belle Buckman is a ten-year-old who loves comic books, adventures, and learning random facts.  Her life changes when she witnesses a squirrel being sucked into a vacuum cleaner.  Flora rescues the squirrel and soon discovers the traumatic incident has not only given the squirrel, soon named Ulysses, super strength and the ability to fly, but also a love of poetry.  The book is about Flora's relationships with her new squirrel friend, the odd boy next door who claims he's blind when he's not, and her recently-separated parents.  It's magical, fun, and beautifully written.  It gave me that "damn, I wish I wrote that" feeling.  The book also contains a handful of awesomely illustrated pages, drawn in comic form, as seen below.  Seriously, read this book to your child.  He or she will love it.


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