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
86 Book Reviews
Add a Rating
  • reader_red
    reader_redSunday, May 27, 2018 at 8:03 am55 stars
    This book was a fun one that I felt like could be read by multiple ages. I read this several years ago but I remember enjoying it very much. I may give a better review later, but this is all I got for now. reader_red
    • readingdiva
      readingdivaThursday, May 24, 2018 at 11:47 am55 stars
      it is about this girl named Flora and her neighbor gets a turbo vacuum mation (the Ulysses ) and it sucks up a squirrel. Flora saves the squirrel and names it Ulysses and the vacuum gave it super powers. Flora and Ulysses go on a wild adventure in which they encounter villains,donuts and poetry. It is an awsome book and i highly recommend it .
      • futazahyxumepe
        futazahyxumepeTuesday, May 22, 2018 at 11:32 am55 stars
        I REALLY loved this book, one of my top favorites! it is about a girl named who is a self diagnosed cynic, who falls in love with a squirrel. I think you should read this if you are maybe 10-13 because there are some things in the book younger children couldn't understand.
        • horse4evs
          horse4evsTuesday, February 27, 2018 at 5:47 am55 stars
          This book is amazing!!!!Flora and Ulysses go on many adventures are so funny!!! With al the funny scenes and the pretty pictures this is one of the best books ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • mistyc
            mistycMonday, February 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm44 stars
            "The universe is expanding."- William Spiver
            • sports_star
              sports_starMonday, October 16, 2017 at 11:49 am55 starsFeatured
              I read this book for school, because I needed to read some Newberry Medal Winners. That was one of the best assignments I've ever had and I'm here to tell you why. Sometimes you just wish you could read a comic book while you're reading a normal book, and when you switch you want a normal book. This book solves the problem. It's both. And then, there are also the lovable characters. There's Mrs. Tickham, Flora's neighbor, who gets a vacuum for her birthday and- well, that's another story. And there's Flora's mom, the author who writes romance novels. There's Flora's dad, a very safe driver that lives in fear of a landlord's cat. There's William Spiver, Mrs. Tickham's great-nephew, who randomly shoots out weird quotes. There's my favorite character, Ulysses, who (Things are about to get weird) gets run over by a vacuum cleaner and turns into a superhero (A flying, typing superhero to be specific) There's Flora, the Incandesto-obsessed cynic (Don't ask me what that means) who saves the life of Ulysses after he gets run over by the vaccuum cleaner. If you read this book you'll understand why it's a Newberry Medal Winner.
              • swirlycool
                swirlycoolSunday, February 26, 2017 at 6:26 am55 stars
                I love it so much :D
                • e06
                  e06Friday, February 24, 2017 at 6:27 pm
                  AMAZING!!!!!!!!!Perfect for cynics and superheroes. its an awesome book,its so entertaining that sometimes i can't put it down! If you are someone who loves comic books and people are telling you to start reading what they call " true literature" then this is perfect for you. Even though I don't read comic books I always look for a funny book with some pictures and I have not found one until I have read this book. It is a have-to-read book.
                  • AwejorWednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:42 am
                    I love it!
                    • wlkrln
                      wlkrlnWednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:53 pm
                      I think this book is great because it has lots of characters and adventures.