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Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
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bookshelves: 4-6-fantasy, fantasy, middle-grade

I adore the concept of Flora and Ulysses. A squirrel receives super powers (that involve poetry writing) after being sucked up by a new ultra-vacuum and pairs up with a lonely girl to save the world. The book is filled with larger than life characters and adventures that kids will find hilarious while reading it, if they can get through the difficult language. (Words like posit and malfeasance are regularly used by the two child protagonists.) The sentence level writing is excellent, but overall this book was just too full of quirky for me to love. Way too full. This is a one way ticket to Quirky Town in Quirky Country, residents all super-quirky. A little quirky gives a book a certain shine. Too much quirky and I'm going to not enjoy it. Unfortunately this one fell in the latter camp for me. I do think it would make an outstanding read aloud and could be tremendously useful teaching writing to upper level elementary students.

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Reading Progress

February 25, 2013 – Shelved
Started Reading
October 15, 2013 – Finished Reading
October 16, 2013 – Shelved as: 4-6-fantasy
October 16, 2013 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 16, 2013 – Shelved as: middle-grade

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