Saturday, February 21, 2015
The Year in Books-January's review-Flora & Ulysses
Flora and Ulysses has been sitting on my shelf for some months. From the cover it looked like it would be delightful and I wanted to savor it. And parts of it were delightful. The illustrations for instance. K.G. Campbell has imbued each of the characters with their own essence.
A girl is unhappy. A squirrel develops unusual powers. They have an adventure. I liked the story and characters except for the villain who is cruel and vicious but reforms at the end.
We are supposed to accept her reasoning for her actions and take the happy ending. It is as though Cruella Deville says, "I was so cold I thought I needed to do anything to get warm but now I don't care about that. I just want the puppies to be happy." Someone needs to call the SPCA on this character.
And no, I won't tell you who the character is or what they do. You'll have to read it for yourself because you won't want to miss meeting a cynical little girl and a literary squirrel with super powers.