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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate (Katrina) DiCamillo, is, in a word, silly.  But who isn’t up for a little silly now and then?  And it WAS written for young children.

The format is a mix of text and comic strip-style illustrations (by K. G. Campbell).  The main characters, a self-proclaimed cynic and a squirrel, (semi-literally) leap off the page – when they are not being run over by vacuums, or typing.

Try to remember what it was like to be 9 years old, waking up from a crazy dream wishing it was real.

Holy Bagumba!

Though written for children, they may not grasp all the themes tucked in with the bizarre, but you will see them.  There are kids who don’t interact with the world the same way most people do, some who don’t find it easy to make friends, neighbors you don’t know, the complexities and emotions of the lives of children of divorce, parent-child relationships, and the fun of imagination.

To really get the most out of this one, I suggest you sit down to read it with one or more children.  They can help you appreciate it.

FYI Kate DiCamillo is one of six authors to date who have written two Newbery Award winning books.  She was awarded for this one and for The Tale of Despereaux, and she has written many other books you will want to check out.



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