by Kate DiCamillo
Reviewed by The Junior Book Dealer (Elena Elizabeth Hynes)
“She stood at the window and watched as the squirrel was vacuumed up.
‘Holy Bagumba,’ said Flora.
Flora Buckman is a self-proclaimed cynic. She dreams of having a superhero in her life like the ones she reads about in her comics. One day, that dream comes true when a squirrel gets vacuumed up in Tootie Tickman’s new Ulysses 3000 vacuum. Flora performs CPR on the small rodent in order to keep him alive, and what happens next is unbelievable.
Suddenly, the squirrel was very hungry. Not only was he hungry, but he understood Flora. The story gets better and better as more characters are introduced. We learn that Flora’s mother and father are divorcing, and the Tickman’s have a visiting great nephew named William Spiver who also has his share of problems, including his “temporary blindness.”
Ulysses brings all these characters together with his poetry and incredible powers. Through his poetry and his actions, Ulysses teaches Flora, William Spiver, and even the adults that hope and love are two powerful words.
Suggestions for Possible Concepts: \Family, Friendships, Heroes, Struggles and Perseverance, Hope