I love Kate DiCamillo. Because of Winn Dixie. The Tale of Despereaux. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Her books have the right combination of whimsy and spunk.
Enter Flora & Ulysses. She’s a cynic with an encyclopedic knowledge of the comic books Terrible Things Can Happen to You! He’s an unassuming squirrel who gained superpowers when he was sucked up by a vaccuum cleaner. Together, they’ll save the world.