Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo illustrated by K G Campbell Candlewick Press $15.99 Age 10+
Flora, has signed a contract with her mother to turn her face away from the idiotic high jinks of comics and toward the bright light of true literature. When Flora rescues the squirrel Ulysses from the vacuum cleaner he gains super powers. He becomes just like a hero in her favourite comic and plenty of high jinks ensue. Together Flora and Ulysses battle misguided parents, dotty neighbours, and make some surprising new friends. This hilarious book is liberally illustrated in comic book style. It’s a fantastic read and a marvellous example of true literature. Kate DiCamillo’s has been the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, an honour bestowed by the Library of Congress and other groups to promote children’s reading and literature across the USA.