Flora & Ulysses
Kate Di Camillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell
Flora & Ulysses is a story of real life problems and creative solutions. Could it be that reading Terrible Things Can Happen to You has made Flora hyper aware of potential disaster? Might it enable her to approach these more imaginatively? It seems that when Flora’s neighbour is gifted with an unwanted, super suction vacuum cleaner, Flora is aware of possible problems. She is prepared when the creature inside the machine sucks up a squirrel. That the rescued squirrel emerges as Ulysses, a poetry writing squirrel, who shares his writing with Flora is quite exceptional. Then, there’s Flora’s neighbour’s nephew, William Spiver. Although he is keen to become involved in Flora’s plans and preparations, he seems to be more of an obstacle. Flora is prepared to sort out her adults’ lives. Despite this, her mother seeks William Spiver’s inspiration for her romance writing…
Is it possible that Flora’s inspiration and initiative will solve the problems? Can William Spiver help out rather than interfering? Does he not realise the drama, obstacle and potential?
Flora & Ulysses is an imaginative, laugh out loud, tissue pulling story. The additional graphic pages from K.Gl Campbell are a bonus.
Newbery Honor Award