Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 3 - 7Grades 1 - 5U4.3n/a
Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal

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 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. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.

Paperback, 231 pages
Published on September 13, 2016 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763687642
ISBN-13: 9780763687649
98 Book Reviews
  • techfashion0315
    techfashion031512 months55 stars
    I love this book.
    • adroit_avimimus
      adroit_avimimusabout 1 year55 stars
      Read this book in 6th grade for a assignment, and I thought it was hilarious and very touching! I reccommend it!
      • adroit_avimimus
        adroit_avimimusabout 1 year55 stars
        Read this book in 6th grade for a assignment, and I thought it was hilarious and very touching! I reccommend it!
        • wolfdog
          wolfdogover 1 year55 stars
          Now a movie!
          • petvet09
            petvet09over 1 year55 stars
            It looked like a cute book. I adore animals, they are so cute. Its a silly superhero book. Its about a squirrel that turns into a superhero. It also has little comics in there. So I for sure reccomend this book for those who love animals, superheros, and action!
            • kenna626
              kenna626over 1 year44 stars
              This book is awesome and has animals in it.
              • rgjj2
                rgjj2over 1 year55 stars
                it's about a girl that found a super squirrel. This girl thought she was dreaming was she... read it to find out.
                • pineapplecat
                  pineapplecatalmost 2 years44 stars
                  It is a AMAZING book I love it so much and it is nice to read anytime
                  • hedgeguin2
                    hedgeguin2about 2 years44 stars
                    I’ve wanted to read this book for so long, since it’s such a classic! Flora and Ulysses is about a girl named Flora, who she believes is a natural born cynic. She loves to read comics, but thinks her mother doesn’t like her one bit. But when her next door neighbor accidentally vacuums up a squirrel, things all change. The squirrel, now named Ulysses, has superpowers. It can write poetry, fly, and lift things with one paw. Together, Flora and Ulysses set off to try to save the world from evil, but learns more things about her family than Flora thought she would ever know instead. This book is great, but it can get a little confusing in some parts. However I would recommend it! :)
                    • borupyhy-156623588802
                      You should read this book