Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux, brings us a new comic book-inspired adventure with Flora & Ulysses.
Flora Belle Buckman is a very observant 10-year-old who is also a bit of a cynic, but her life is drastically changed when her neighbor accidentally sucks up a squirrel in her fancy new vacuum. After Flora gives the poor squirrel CPR, he somehow wakes up with superpowers—he’s strong, he can fly and he can even write poetry. Flora names him Ulysses, and they form a fast friendship while getting into all sorts of silly hijinks.
Flora & Ulysses is a heartfelt story for young readers that finds a perfect balance between fun and sophistication. K.G. Campbell’s black and white pencil illustrations are just a fantastic accompaniment, and the comic-book style action sequences couldn’t be a better fit. This story is sure to melt the heart of anyone's inner cynic.
Watch the fun trailer below:
Holy Bagumba, readers! Are you reading this highly anticipated Children's Top Pick yet? (If not, you can enter this week's book giveaway to win a copy!)
President Obama's picture book Of Thee I Sing was released a week ago. If you haven't yet had a chance to take a look, this trailer from Random House Children's Books is definitely worth two minutes of your time.
Loren Long's illustrations are gorgeous, and it's interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at his creative process:
I love how the illustrations of the American heroes as children come together as a group as the pages turn. Robin Smith praises this artistic choice in a review for BookPage:
Loren Long’s tall and thin stylized illustrations are perfect for the images of the Obama children and the president and serve to add visual interest to the spare text. Especially memorable are the images of O’Keeffe painting an enormous flower, Maya Lin reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the young Chavez addressing farm workers. On the opposite page are smaller images of Malia and Sasha, joined by images of the famous folk carrying the tools of their given work. The final spread is a joyful collection of all sorts of American children with young versions of the famous standing in the front row.
Also in BookPage: Read an illustrated Q&A with Long about 2008's Drummer Boy.
Just yesterday, Scholastic unveiled the book trailer for Mockingjay, the final book in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy:
There's not any new information here for Hunger Games fans, but the trailer does feed the fire of excitement that's building toward the August 24 release. I like that foreboding background music!
Also on The Book Case: Read our past coverage of Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games.