Quick Thoughts: “Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures”

“Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo

Genre: Children’s fiction

GoodreadsSource: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.


A superhero squirrel?! That sounds awesome! Sadly it didn’t turn out as awesome as I had imagined. I just couldn’t get into the book. It felt a bit weird and trying too hard to be quirky. I’m not really into comic books so I didn’t click with the framing of the story.  It was almost a bit boring.  Thankfully the illustrations were pretty cute.

The bottom line? I wasn’t a fan.

6 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures”

  1. I’ve been hearing a lot about this one for awhile now. I’ve read a lot by Kate DiCamillo, my favorite being Because of Winn-Dixie. I’m sorry this was a bit disappointing for you. Have you read any other DiCamillo books?

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