Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo is a quirky story about a comic-book-obsessed girl and her poetry-loving squirrel.
Belle Buckman is a cynic -- but even she is amazed when she sees a
squirrel get sucked into a vacuum cleaner, and emerge triumphant. The
ability to escape almost certain death by vacuum proves to be only one
of Ulysses the Squirrel's extraordinary abilities. Of course, he has
enemies, too . . .
To tell the truth, the plot of this story is
not what sticks with me after reading -- it's the quirkiness that makes
an impression. Amid the wacky squirrel-related adventures, there are some
deeper musings on philosophical questions of life and love, elevating
this above the level of "just another crazy superhero book." I liked it
well enough, but did not love it.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)