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Flora & Ulysses Kindle Edition
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|Length: 240 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 8 - 12|
|Grade Level: 3 - 7|
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Sadly, though, I was pretty disappointed by the novel. Several things just didn’t work for me. Mainly, the novel just seemed underdeveloped in multiple ways. First, the characters are underdeveloped. Flora’s mom spends a part of the novel as the villainous, but no explanation is ever offered for her absurd and over-the-top behavior, and not explanation is offered for why she decides to change. Flora’s dad, meanwhile, is an important character who is given little backstory or little personality. He’s just there, a paper thin character on the page. Flora, meanwhile, is clearly supposed to be following the trajectory of a cynic who learns to trust, but she never for a moment in the novel is an actual cynic. She thinks the squirrel must be a superhero from the first moment!
Meanwhile, the plot is too episodic. A plot line will be offered (i.e. learning to be a listener), only to be abandoned, or a plot line will be important but incredulous (i.e. why is the mom so crazy?). There is so much going on that the plot seems choppy, uneven, and almost dull. Thematically, too, the book is a jumble.
The book certainly has its moments. I loved the “Pascal’s Wager” moment, and the illustrations are authentically cute. I had trouble motivating myself to read this through to the end, though. The novel was both too much (too quirky, too many characters, too many chapters) and too little (too little characterization, too little conflict). I wish that one of this year’s other very worthy books had won the big prize instead.
I never imagined that a story about a squirrel could be so entertaining, especially since there are 68 chapters! They are short chapters, which makes it an easy read for kids of all ages. However, it also enticed me to read 'just one more' until the book was finished.
I loved it! When my granddaughter was finally able to pry it from my hands, she fell just as deep into Flora's world and loved it as much as I did.
I really liked how the content was for kids, but the vocabulary was significantly expanded and it didn't shy away from themes of split family dynamics. There were some really philosophical and sweet moments that further solidified the depth of this story.
I see a number of mixed reviews, so this doesn't clearly click with everyone. But for me and my son, this was one of the best books we've read.
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