Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2013. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo. (21cm x 16cm) 232 pp.ills. Full red cloth, blindstamped partially eaten donut on front board, titles in gilt on spine. Illustrated dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. Item #122
"Illuminated", in this case, means that Kate DiCamillo's novel of a girl and a squirrel is both illustrated (by artist K.G. Campbell) and is also a tale of personal enlightenment. The superhero narrative applies to the accidental empowerment of a common squirrel and the change of heart of a cynical young girl. The combination of lively, graphic-style illustrations within the endearing narrative give "Flora and Ulysses" (winner of the Newbery Medal in 2014) that visual, yet readable style perfect for modern young readers. Signed by the author, who also wrote the coming-of-age classic, "Because of Winn-Dixie"