Book #9: Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Book #9: Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo


From 2014 Newbery Medal Winner and #1 New York Times best-selling author, Kate DiCamillo, comes a hilarious story of two unlikely friends who "together will conquer . . . something."

Meet Ulysses.

UlyssesFood-obsessed rodent one minute. 

Superhero squirrel the next.

(Hey, any story involving a squirrel who is sucked up by a "super-suction, multi-terrain" vacuum vortex, and then spat out a superhero, is a story for me!)

Flora Holding UlyssesMeet Flora Belle Buckman.

Self-proclaimed cynic.

Lover of "words hanging over her head."

Devoted fan of comic books.

(Okay—any girl who's read every comic book of the Terrible Things Can Happen to You! series is a girl I'd like to meet!)

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Faster than a "Ulysses 2000x," you will be sucked in by the comic book styled graphics and marvelous illustrations by artist K. G. Campbell

Serious Readers, won't you join me on this wild adventure about a poetry-writing, flying squirrel and the girl who loves him? 

Images and excerpts from Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Author Kate DiCamillo and Illustrator K. G. Campbell, Candlewick Press

A Discussion Guide Worthy of Superhero Squirrels

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Deadline to enter is March 30, 2014. Winner will be announced on April 1.

Bk 9 Dg CoverFlora & Ulysses: The Illuminative Adventures, by Author Kate DiCamillo and Artist K. G. Campbell, may forever  be the book to beat in the SRC.

When a book is this hilarious, poignant, unique, and memorable, a Discussion Guide of epic proportions is legally required by the Serious Reader Club. 

Thankfully the SRC is up to the task.


Happy Group Of KidsDo you like to draw?
Write poetry?
Analyze characters?
Stupefy using only your elephantine vocabulary?

Then for Tootie Tickham's sake,  download the guide NOW—before its sheer volume of educational energy causes its very destruction!

Here's a sneak peak at what's included in this behemoth:

Create Your Own ComicsBk 9 A1

Inspired by Illustrator K. G. Campbell's comics style graphics:

  • Illustrate your own superhero adventure starring Flora & Ulysses, or
  • Draw something funny that happened to you or someone you know, or
  • Imagine and draw your own original story with action-packed scenes

Squirrel ("Squirtel!") PoetryBk 9 Dg A2

Channel your inner Ulysses and write your own poem:

  • Write from the perspective of Ulysses (a flying villain-vanquishing, Flora-loving, food-obsessed squirrel) after a super-heroic day
  • Ulysses deeply appreciates the world around him—the good, the bad, the beautiful, the tragic. Think of a place he might go that is (n)utterly new to him. How might he describe it?

Building CharacterBk 9 Dg A3

Dig into the nitty gritty (nutty grutty!) of Author Kate DiCamillo's masterful characterization

  • Who Said It? Match each character with the correct speech bubble
  • What Are They Made of? Write down traits (behaviors, expressions, quirks) that are unique to each character

Are You Wordier Than a 4th Grader?

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Ten-dollar words (impressive, uncommon words) are sprinkled like (what else?) nuts throughout Flora & Ulysses

  • When you figure out new words, it makes reading even more fun!
  • Sure you can use a dictionary, but how about using context clues instead!
  • Draw a line between each underlined word and its correct definition

And, as always, this month's Discussion Guide contains dazzling DISCUSSION QUESTIONS and juicy JOURNAL TOPICS!

Finished Reading? Rate the Book!

Images and excerpts from Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminative Adventures by Author Kate Camillo and Illustrator K. G. Campbell, Candlewick Press


“There is much more beauty in the world if I believe such a thing is possible.”

In Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures , Dr. Meescham helps Flora see that by simply being open to the possibility that good and unexpected things could happen at any minute, the world was more beautiful.

This philosophy certainly flies in the face of the TERRIBLE THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU! comic (much like Ulysses flies into the monstrous hair of Rita the Giant Do-Nut waitress)! And, sure enough, as Flora's loneliness begins to fade in the company of her superhero squirrel, so fades her favorite mantra, "Do not hope; instead, observe."

Serious Readers get the chance to explore the impact of a positive outlook in this month's Discussion Guide!

Choice between three juicy Journal Ideas:Flora Journal Ideas

1) Superheroes are born out of tragic accidents and unexpected consequences! Write your own original story of how a superhero is born

2) Have you ever been misjudged? Most people looked right past Alfred T. Slipper (the Amazing Incandesto!) because he worked as a janitor. Ulysses admits it was “rare for someone to look a squirrel in the eye.” Write about a time when someone misjudged you, and you surprised that person by something amazing you did. 

3) Are you struggling with something in your life? Open your window to possibilities, like Dr. Meescham advises Flora. Instead of focusing on how difficult this thing is, write as if anything were possible. How might thinking this way make the situation (and your world) a little brighter?

Images and excerpts from Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminative Adventures by Author Kate Camillo and Illustrator K. G. Campbell, Candlewick Press

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