Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamiilo : another great MG story by award winning writer @Candlewick

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Primary School
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Flora and Ulysses
By Kate DiCamillo

“It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences”.
I was lucky to see an advanced reading copy of Flora and Ulysses and began reading immediately. The illustrations are full of humour and character. However, someone else grabbed the book before I got very far but that is okay. I will buy it when it hits the shelves as everyone should have their own Kate DiCamillo collection.
Flora Belle Buckman (what a brilliant name – I love the way it rolls around your tongue) is the only one with the knowledge to save a squirrel from certain death after he is sucked up a vacuum cleaner. His name is Ulysses and together they learn so much about life and friendship.
This differs a little in style to Kate’s other works. This is a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations artist K. G. Campbell.

Kate DiCamillo is a stunning writer. Her stories move along effortlessly and we find ourselves taken on a journey with her characters.
I loved The tale of Despereaux, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Both books won awards and deservedly so. They are also great read-alouds for a classroom setting of children aged seven up.

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