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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures CD-ROM – September 24, 2013
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In Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures there are many unanticipated occurrences and it all begins with a vacuum cleaner, a squirrel and a natural born cynic named Flora. There is a wacky cast of characters including a self absorbed romance writer, an air head neighbor, an emotionally traumatized great-nephew next door and a sad, sad father. They all tip toe right up to the line of being too wacky but only cross the line a little and in such silly ways I loved them for it. In fact, I won't even try to give you a plot synopsis because honestly, it's a simple and predictable plot but a joy to read and discover on your own.
Kate DiCamillo books are always wonderful read alouds, but this one is just BEGGING for a dramatic reading. I gave it to my brilliant eight year old for Christmas and we've had a terrific time either reading alone or together. This is a great book for sitting close on the sofa so you can both see the pictures but leave plenty of room for dramatic gestures which you'll probably find necessary as you read. The illuminations (illustrations) are basic yet expressive and they really enhance the humor. Honestly, it's hard to capture the funny wonderfulness of Flora and Ulysses in a review. You have to read it for yourself. :)
The writing is difficult to describe -- clever,touching and laugh-out-loud funny -- and other adjectives yet to be invented. The story is about a tiny squirrel that is suddenly transformed into a superhero with unimaginable superpowers -- the greatest being his uncanny ability to love others. Children's books have many themes but Kate DiCamilo's tale is not vague about the importance of thinking of others first, and loving them.
If I was fortunate enough to have a grandchild, I would read this wondrous book over and over to him/her. In the meantime,I'll give this special book to everyone I know, regardless of age.
Joyce Norman, Author
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A great read from a master writer.