Friday, January 3, 2014

Kids Review: Flora and Ulysses

Flora witnesses her neighbor having a hard time keeping her vacuum under control. When the vacuum sucks up a squirrel, Flora runs downstairs to rescue the animal.

Not only is the squirrel still alive, but the near death experience has left him with super powers. He can fly. He can write poetry. Plus he has super strength. Her mother refuses to let her keep him.  Flora's not ready to let go of her new friend without a fight.

My Thoughts: A quirky fun read from the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. I liked the graphic novel portions mixed with the text - making this book an easy read. I liked Flora for her gloom and doom attitude (she's a self described cynic). I love the comic book mentions and how Flora's mother isn't keen on her daughter reading them. I love how Flora's mother is a romance writer. (I found humor in her discriminating her daughter's reading choices when the genre of romance seems to be discriminated against by the general public). I liked how Flora's father liked her reading comic books and how she had a different relationship with each of her divorced parents. New friendships are forged, adding to the story and making Flora rethink her pessimistic outlook on life. An enjoyable read filled with strange happenings, action, and hope. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library

1 comment:

Heather B said...

I have 3 children under the age of 8 and I love that you have featured a children's book. I mainly read YA and New Adult fantasy but it's nice to get updates for my children! Thanks!