Flora & Ulysses
Written By: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated By: K. G. Campbell
Genre: Fiction – Graphic Novel
Published: Candlewick Press – Somerville, MA, September 24th, 2013
Awards: John Newberry Medal – 2014
Themes: As the reader explores the book in both its text and graphic forms, the reader comes into contact with the themes of love, courage, and isolation.
Summary: As the story begins, the main character, Flora, struggles in her strained relationship with her mother, and only finds joy through her comics and love of a superhero. However, as the story progresses a real superhero enters her life – in the form of a SQUIRREL! The two forma relationship, and from battling evil, a kidnapping, and building relationships with those around her, Flora goes magnificently in an eye opening adventure.
Response: Respond to the design and layout of the book. What do you think of the cover design, size of the book, font, spacing, and visual elements?
This book takes a different form than your regular chapter book – it is accompanied by graphic comic-book-style pictures. Through to the text the reader is able to connect to the in depth detailed scenes through pictures. A vital tool in understanding what all is occurring between Flora, the squirrel, her mother, and Mary Ann the lamp. Through the book, however, I would have loved and enjoyed much more of the visual aspect to help in my own understanding and comprehension of the book. With such pictures, I feel the story would have flowed better, and to the young readers especially be more easily understood. Regardless, the general layout is a decent complementary between pictures and text.