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 number-one New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters.
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- nicole champoux
You need the book to follow along
Yes- and no- This is a truly entertaining story. However, it is written and illustrated as a graphic novel. If you do not see the artwork and illustrations you miss a great deal of the story that is held not in the words but in the pictures.
The humor! This story is a riot. The little girls imagination is on fire and her stories and interactions are hilarious as a result.
She does a great job with the voices and impersonation of different characters. In particular she has a talent for dramatic pauses that I would not have used if reading it on my own.
It was on occasion laugh out loud funny. This was in part to listening to it in a car full of young boys.
- Heather Baker- and kids