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Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets. Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.     But the power of story will save the day.    


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Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets. Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.     But the power of story will save the day.    

30 review for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    A perfect picture book for book lovers! A reminder that no matter what happens in life, books will always be there to bring you comfort.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deb Tyo

    Must. Have. This. Book. My students are writing their own versions of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. I started by showing my students the first couple minutes of the short film that is based on this book. The students then began writing their story. Each day since, I have played a bit more of the film for the students. After each section, they continued their own story. I cannot wait for the students to complete their stories and share them. Each is incredibly unique and amazi Must. Have. This. Book. My students are writing their own versions of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. I started by showing my students the first couple minutes of the short film that is based on this book. The students then began writing their story. Each day since, I have played a bit more of the film for the students. After each section, they continued their own story. I cannot wait for the students to complete their stories and share them. Each is incredibly unique and amazing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    carol.

    A beautiful picture book, but one written for adults more than children. I didn’t have a child to test it on, so I’m just going from memories of my child tendencies, and past experiences of trying to interest small ones in picture books. The art is attractive and soothing but in a style that may not capture eyes used to active stimuli. Many of the pages are monochromatic, and the drawings look almost pen and ink. As a child, I remember being drawn to the more vibrant colors, and these wouldn’t ha A beautiful picture book, but one written for adults more than children. I didn’t have a child to test it on, so I’m just going from memories of my child tendencies, and past experiences of trying to interest small ones in picture books. The art is attractive and soothing but in a style that may not capture eyes used to active stimuli. Many of the pages are monochromatic, and the drawings look almost pen and ink. As a child, I remember being drawn to the more vibrant colors, and these wouldn’t have really captured my interest for long. The story is quite metaphorical. Mr. Morris is blown off out of his world and into a new place where he meets a book friend who leads him to the place where books live. Like Oz, the colors become more vibrant in the library. The pattern of the story often follows one page with text and another with pictures. I definitely enjoyed the drawings, which remained me of the style of Chris Van Allsburg, one of my favorite picture book artists. The details of the lively books were entertaining. Yet, quite honestly, the story underwhelmed me. Mr. Morris is a book-writer is blown off course, takes refuge in a library, grows old there, and one day leaves. So on a personal level, I’d say enjoyable, with nicely done art but seriously lackluster messaging, with nothing special enough to be worth a library add. On the other hand, this was made into a very watchable Academy Award-winning short film that provides more visual interest and adds even more charming notes. You haven’t seen animated books until you saw the little egg-book above play a piano at 6:05. The above ‘surgery’ scene, which follows soon after, is a charming spoof of historical medical theater. It's only 17 minutes long and free on youtube when I wrote this review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad3CM... Here's Moonbot Studio's Morris page. I didn't try to download the app or the movie on itunes, but it has links to do both. https://moonbotstudios.com/work/the-f...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    I adore this surreal book. This was recommended on Jesse the Reader's channel and it is fantastic. Something about this little story lifts your heart up. Each page is a surprise and a treat. I love that the books have personality and they roost. If you want to add some joy to your life, this is a book for any book lover. There was a short made of this and I want to see it, or the other way around. This describes the experience and joy of reading. What a marvelous and wondrous book this is. I need I adore this surreal book. This was recommended on Jesse the Reader's channel and it is fantastic. Something about this little story lifts your heart up. Each page is a surprise and a treat. I love that the books have personality and they roost. If you want to add some joy to your life, this is a book for any book lover. There was a short made of this and I want to see it, or the other way around. This describes the experience and joy of reading. What a marvelous and wondrous book this is. I need to own this Gem. The kids loved this too. The flying books delighted them and the niece let out a Wow! while reading it. My nephew loves Humpty Dumpty and there is a character that looks like him and he was obsessed with that book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Holley

    I was reading Within a Budding Grove recently, and the copy I have is an older one, the dust jacket worn and ripped in places. I like to read hardcovers of books the best, so I can use the dust jacket as a bookmark, and so I feel like the book is solid and less likely to get creased and broken by my reading. But, this copy was delicate, and every time I touched it, I could feel it crumbling in my fingers. The book itself was a beautiful, delicate thing, like the writing and ideas on its page, li I was reading Within a Budding Grove recently, and the copy I have is an older one, the dust jacket worn and ripped in places. I like to read hardcovers of books the best, so I can use the dust jacket as a bookmark, and so I feel like the book is solid and less likely to get creased and broken by my reading. But, this copy was delicate, and every time I touched it, I could feel it crumbling in my fingers. The book itself was a beautiful, delicate thing, like the writing and ideas on its page, like the vulnerability of its narrator. My touch was too rough and solid. I went out and bought supplies, and made a cover for the jacket, and pasted it all back together again, so that the book would be protected from my awkward pawings. I loaned a hardcover to a friend once, a cheap hardcover of New Moon, even, which I had bought at Target for maybe $6. The friend forgot it was mine, and by the time I discovered it in her house again, the dust jacket was lost and the pages dog-eared. I couldn’t help but feel my friend had beaten up someone I loved. And, clearly, it was an inexpensive copy of a book that is ¾ abysmally boring, but it’s not about which book it is. It is a book. If you can’t be trusted with a book, what can you be trusted with? Books are a dream of fireplaces and hot chocolate on a snowy day. They are a vision of seeing people as they really are, of understanding what the world is and who we are in it. They are family and love and friendship. Books are small packages that contain all the possibility in the universe. Books are my favorite. And I love the pages and binding and covers as the presence of magic in the physical world. A book holds the world of a story, but it also holds the world of our reading experiences. For years, I kept the copy of Crime and Punishment that my friend gave me, saying, “Here, I know it is good, but I can’t finish it.” It is and old, broken paperback, and I held it in my hands while I jumped at shadows and knew that at any moment a murrrrdererrrr could sneak up behind me and catch me unawares. I kept that copy of the book, even while I had other copies because the book itself absorbed my experience of reading. Last year, I gave the copy to a younger friend who hadn’t read it, a friend who was the same age I was when I read the book. Giving her my copy of the book was, for me, also giving her that experience from my life. Look at the magic these pages contain: they are Raskolnikov disintegrating at the brutality of life, they are me warily eyeing my friends at a coffee shop because they may have been planning to kill me. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a sweet little picture book about how books are all that matters in life. It is about how these little packages contain something about the essence of who we are and what we experience. “’Everyone’s story matters,’ said Morris. And all the books agreed.” This is a lovely book, just as the animated film made from it is lovely. It is the kind of premise I resist, maybe because it sounds too generalized or precious about The Things That Matter, but its execution is really beautiful, and I love it. Books are important. They contain the magic of other worlds and lives and the magic of our experiences living in other worlds and other lives. _________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for nothing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Trudi

    Love love love Adore adore adore Beautiful beautiful beautiful A book lover's book. An object to be cherished. A story meant to be told again and again. It softened the edges of this librarian's cynical soul for a bright wondrous moment. Love love love Adore adore adore Beautiful beautiful beautiful A book lover's book. An object to be cherished. A story meant to be told again and again. It softened the edges of this librarian's cynical soul for a bright wondrous moment.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    A delightful little story about books, with beautiful illustrations - I loved how it played with the coloring, black-and-white before and nicely colored after being 'touched' by the books. A delightful little story about books, with beautiful illustrations - I loved how it played with the coloring, black-and-white before and nicely colored after being 'touched' by the books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I've been reading this one to my littlest human for a couple of weeks now (thanks to a dear friend who gave it to me- thank you!)and it comes closer than many other books about reading, books, and libraries in expressing my feelings about these things to the people I've made. For me, a place with books is kind of a sacred place. I can't fully explain it. Perhaps I think this way because when I was sporting a ponytail like Rainbow Brite, books were the only things that I could carry that could i I've been reading this one to my littlest human for a couple of weeks now (thanks to a dear friend who gave it to me- thank you!)and it comes closer than many other books about reading, books, and libraries in expressing my feelings about these things to the people I've made. For me, a place with books is kind of a sacred place. I can't fully explain it. Perhaps I think this way because when I was sporting a ponytail like Rainbow Brite, books were the only things that I could carry that could in turn carry me. Away I'd go over the high boundaries that my parents- mostly out of duty and love-constructed around me. Morris Lessmore is carried away by books. As time passes, Morris is still as enthralled with books as he was on the day he was first carried away. I hope I feel like that. Then I will die happy, with books carrying me over the boundaries for the last time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I first fell in love with the Fantastic Flying Books and Morris Lessmore's story from the beautiful Academy Award-winning short film based on Joyce's book. I was so excited when my library finally got a copy of the book itself so that I could enjoy the original. And what a gorgeous book it is! I love the story so much and it's so beautiful and touching and full of meaning that I don't really want to say too much about it. I think it is open to many interpretations. I know I had my own idea of who I first fell in love with the Fantastic Flying Books and Morris Lessmore's story from the beautiful Academy Award-winning short film based on Joyce's book. I was so excited when my library finally got a copy of the book itself so that I could enjoy the original. And what a gorgeous book it is! I love the story so much and it's so beautiful and touching and full of meaning that I don't really want to say too much about it. I think it is open to many interpretations. I know I had my own idea of who the lady with the flying books was when I read Joyce's touching dedication at the back of the book. It's a story about life and love and loss and meaning and creating your own story and loving the stories of others. It might best be appreciated by adults for these many layers, but even young readers could also enjoy the beautiful illustrations and the fantasy aspect of the tale. A few of my favorite quotes: [When Morris helps take care of all the fantastic flying books]: "Morris tried to keep the books in some sort of order, but they always mixed themselves up. The tragedies needed cheering up and would visit with the comedies. The encyclopedias, weary of facts, would relax with the comic books and fictions. All in all it was an agreeable jumble." Also, "Morris liked to share the books with others. Sometimes it was a favorite that everyone loved, and other times he found a lonely little volume whose tale was seldom told. 'Everyone's story matters,' said Morris. All the books agreed." I do, too :-)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    “Everyone’s story matters.” Joys, sorrows and everything that we hope for in life can get so confusing, mixed up or lost. We have to hold on and keep working and searching for our path and purpose in life. Keep looking for peace and inspiration. I found inspiration here. Welcome to the library. Welcome to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore... “Morris slowly walked inside and discovered the most mysterious and inviting room he had ever seen. It was filled with the fluttering of countl “Everyone’s story matters.” Joys, sorrows and everything that we hope for in life can get so confusing, mixed up or lost. We have to hold on and keep working and searching for our path and purpose in life. Keep looking for peace and inspiration. I found inspiration here. Welcome to the library. Welcome to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore... “Morris slowly walked inside and discovered the most mysterious and inviting room he had ever seen. It was filled with the fluttering of countless pages, and Morris could hear the faint chatter of a thousand different stories, as if each book was whispering an invitation to adventure.” Mr. Lessmore found a place in this world to organize, mend, share, and get lost in. Me too! The library is where I go to find quiet, peace, and stories. I feel comfortable surrounded by books and words. The library always has and always will be a home to me. This book is every reader’s dream. The lure and love of books and my true love is splashed across the pages in big, gorgeous images and heartfelt words. Words stand tall! Books look alive in stacks and colors and movement. You know you found something special when you can’t help caressing each page before turning to the next. I loved every page! Mr. Joyce’s words are an inspiration. They will inspire readers AND writers. Pick up a pen or type away at a keyboard—just write! Write your story. Write your “joys and sorrows and all that you know and everything you hope for”. And then share them. Your words can inspire too. Highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I cry every single time I read this book. I'm not kidding. Every single goddamn time. To have created such a gentle, supremely beautiful tribute to the glory and wonder of books, library's and reading is the crown jewel in William Joyce's already epic career. At least I think so. Aimless Morris Lessmore wanders through a grey world when he sees a beautiful young woman flying through the air being pulled by a bunch of flying books. Her favorite flies down and leads Morris to an ancient and magica I cry every single time I read this book. I'm not kidding. Every single goddamn time. To have created such a gentle, supremely beautiful tribute to the glory and wonder of books, library's and reading is the crown jewel in William Joyce's already epic career. At least I think so. Aimless Morris Lessmore wanders through a grey world when he sees a beautiful young woman flying through the air being pulled by a bunch of flying books. Her favorite flies down and leads Morris to an ancient and magical library where he becomes the caretaker and friend to all its hundreds of inhabitants. He spends his days lost in their stories and sharing them with others. Every night he writes in his own book, filling it with his hopes and dreams and everything he wishes for. The years pass and Morris grows older and now the books take care of him. Soon its time for him to leave and pass the care and keeping of his wondrous library to someone else. Marvelous language coupled with warm, sumptuous illustrations put this firmly in my "all time great family reads" list. I read it frequently to my own little ones and look forward to doing it for years to come. If you don't already own this you need to make it part of your collection.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    My love of reading began when I was fairly young, and although I've always loved being read to, I think even from a young age, I've loved the magic of falling into a book and being enclosed in its story, wrapped in its words. Long before I started school, my older brother had taught me to read, and my world was forever transformed, unseen doors opened and this charming book, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" brought the memory of all that back to me in mere moments. The illustra My love of reading began when I was fairly young, and although I've always loved being read to, I think even from a young age, I've loved the magic of falling into a book and being enclosed in its story, wrapped in its words. Long before I started school, my older brother had taught me to read, and my world was forever transformed, unseen doors opened and this charming book, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" brought the memory of all that back to me in mere moments. The illustrations themselves are delightful, for me somewhat reminiscent of the movie "Up" with a touch of "Lemony Snicket" and would hold the attention of any age. The story will be one of those books that you'll envision your children reading to their children and so on, its message an ode to the power of books. Simply put, this book is a love story to all books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tisha

    Children's book???? NO WAY!!!! This book is an emotion! It cannot be categorized only as a children story. NEVER! This book picturizes the long cherished dream of every bibliophile. It is praiseworthy that how beautifully the author has presented the impacts of books on our lives just in few pages! SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL! Books fill our lives with colors. They become our companion when we have no one. They become our best friends! But sometimes we forget them, we abandon them and that is the time when Children's book???? NO WAY!!!! This book is an emotion! It cannot be categorized only as a children story. NEVER! This book picturizes the long cherished dream of every bibliophile. It is praiseworthy that how beautifully the author has presented the impacts of books on our lives just in few pages! SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL! Books fill our lives with colors. They become our companion when we have no one. They become our best friends! But sometimes we forget them, we abandon them and that is the time when a book dies! This made me very emotional. AHHHH…..THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL….so as the short film based on this which won the Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2012! Love for this book! <3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    I’m a sucker for books about books, and this is a fantastic book. For me, it was 5 stars all the way, up until toward then end, then it lost me a bit, but I still really liked it. I particularly liked the books as characters. I liked the lending library setting. I liked so much. The story is sweet and amusing and inventive, and sort of sad too. Most of the pages had me smiling. The illustrations are fabulous to view, so detailed and creative and unusual. I can recommend this book to fans of books, I’m a sucker for books about books, and this is a fantastic book. For me, it was 5 stars all the way, up until toward then end, then it lost me a bit, but I still really liked it. I particularly liked the books as characters. I liked the lending library setting. I liked so much. The story is sweet and amusing and inventive, and sort of sad too. Most of the pages had me smiling. The illustrations are fabulous to view, so detailed and creative and unusual. I can recommend this book to fans of books, stories, and diary writing. This is a good all ages book, though young children may have some questions. ½ star added for what originality is shown. 4 ½ stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    KatLynne

    Mr. Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. As a young man, he was enjoying writing his own story until the winds came and scattered his book and all his words across the land. This little gem is perfectly illustrated. It clearly demonstrates the love of books and how they transform lives. This is not just a children's favorite but will appeal to everyone who loves the written word. A charming and captivating read that quickly became a favorite for all ages. See the short f Mr. Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. As a young man, he was enjoying writing his own story until the winds came and scattered his book and all his words across the land. This little gem is perfectly illustrated. It clearly demonstrates the love of books and how they transform lives. This is not just a children's favorite but will appeal to everyone who loves the written word. A charming and captivating read that quickly became a favorite for all ages. See the short film on youTube.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkJPM...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen A.

    My rating is a little biased because this is clearly a love letter to librarians from Mr. Joyce. Dear Mr. Joyce ... you flatterer you!!. I accept.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elevetha

    *squeals in joy* A bibliophile's book, if ever I have read one. I don't think I can put into words how lovely this book is; how charming and heartbreaking and true it is*. Only a book lover would understand, which is why I do think that as much as children might enjoy the book, they probably won't find as much meaning in it as someone older. And it has layers. The more I read it, the more I see in it. But no matter how old you are or how many books you've read, it's a lovely story. Oh, and the sh *squeals in joy* A bibliophile's book, if ever I have read one. I don't think I can put into words how lovely this book is; how charming and heartbreaking and true it is*. Only a book lover would understand, which is why I do think that as much as children might enjoy the book, they probably won't find as much meaning in it as someone older. And it has layers. The more I read it, the more I see in it. But no matter how old you are or how many books you've read, it's a lovely story. Oh, and the short film is wonderful as well! *I feel like maybe I read this at a very emotional time... re-read September 2016

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    If you've seen the (Academy Award-winning) short film of this, you already know how gorgeous the illustrations are; and that the charming story is a love letter to both books and their readers. Perhaps the silent film is even better than the book, but that doesn't take anything away from it. It's a lovely keepsake, and mine is autographed! If you've seen the (Academy Award-winning) short film of this, you already know how gorgeous the illustrations are; and that the charming story is a love letter to both books and their readers. Perhaps the silent film is even better than the book, but that doesn't take anything away from it. It's a lovely keepsake, and mine is autographed!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    To check out my reviews: http://dancinginth3dark.blogspot.com Beautiful and Heartbreaking We meet Mr. Morris Lessmore who is constantly reading books and every day he imagines his life as a book and with every new day comes a new blank page for him to write his joys and sorrows. Then one day a storm comes blowing and destroys everything and takes Morris off to a parallel world where he sees a girl flying away with books and he's angry that his books aren't magical. The girl witnesses this and send To check out my reviews: http://dancinginth3dark.blogspot.com Beautiful and Heartbreaking We meet Mr. Morris Lessmore who is constantly reading books and every day he imagines his life as a book and with every new day comes a new blank page for him to write his joys and sorrows. Then one day a storm comes blowing and destroys everything and takes Morris off to a parallel world where he sees a girl flying away with books and he's angry that his books aren't magical. The girl witnesses this and sends one of her books to help him and sure enough he stumbles into what looks like a library and he can hear the books talking as though they are begging to be read and begins the mission to read every book available. The task is quite difficult and since the books are magical they tend to get out of alphabetical order but he as a loving human being takes care of them, reads every day, and fixes any damages that need repairing. In many ways he is the father that takes care of his children. Everyone from adults to children come visit his library and soon he has found his place to call home. Soon the years come to past and we find Mr. Morris Lessmore become an old man with a crane. As the decades have gone by, he has written his life story into a book and realizes that death has arrived and he must leave. It is heartbreaking to see him wish his books goodbye but he's always known that those books are not his and are meant for everyone. It is up to the next generation to come in and preserve these books so that way their stories will always be told. The books are sad that he has left them but they understand why and luckily for them he left them a little goodbye present. Disney has adapted this book and made it into a short animated film that won the Oscar which I am happy to discover because he definitely deserves all the awards! The illustrations are simply beautiful and there aren't enough words to describe how phenomenal of story it is and I highly recommend everyone to read it or watch the short film. It's a universal story that can resonate with everyone and I realize that now that one of the reasons why I collect books now is because when I am no longer roaming this earth I want my children and future generations to be able to discover the books I read throughout my life and expand my collection with the books they discover in their lifetime. It connects both the past, the present, and the future and unites them to make the impact that books will live forever. Books will be around after we die and it is important for us to leave a legacy for future generations to hold the torch with literature and the preservation of the written word. I find it marvelous to believe that besides the memories I share with my family and loved ones, my favorite books are a deep connection for those who want to remember me or want to bond when I am no longer around.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie *Eff your feelings*

    Hey all! This is not only an interactive book, it's the #1 "app" on the Igadgets. And my friend Joe Bluhm designed it. That's right, my friends are mega talented! Hey all! This is not only an interactive book, it's the #1 "app" on the Igadgets. And my friend Joe Bluhm designed it. That's right, my friends are mega talented!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kortessa Giachanatzi

    I love love love this book!! I get emotional every time I read it!! I can't find the words.It's a book that can make anyone love books!!! The illustrations are amazing and meaningfull!!! I m thinking of giving it as a gift to my daighters' school for the school library!!!! Great for every age!!!!! I love love love this book!! I get emotional every time I read it!! I can't find the words.It's a book that can make anyone love books!!! The illustrations are amazing and meaningfull!!! I m thinking of giving it as a gift to my daighters' school for the school library!!!! Great for every age!!!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Noura

    This is way more emotional than I thought it would be. It's heartwarming and heartbreaking and just basically essential to everyone who loves to read. What a beautiful book. This is way more emotional than I thought it would be. It's heartwarming and heartbreaking and just basically essential to everyone who loves to read. What a beautiful book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I liked: the entire touching story except for that part where I teared up at the end. she liked the flying books, the talking books, and all the books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    This picture book deserves the same praise I have only said one other time this year, which is, if there's only 1 picture book you're able to pick up this year THIS IS THE ONE! William Joyce is one of my favorite children's storytellers and illustrators. His talent for creating imaginative worlds, and his brilliant story telling goes beyond introducing children to the limitless possibilities of imagination. As an adult he reminds me of that excitement I first felt when I was a child and was intr This picture book deserves the same praise I have only said one other time this year, which is, if there's only 1 picture book you're able to pick up this year THIS IS THE ONE! William Joyce is one of my favorite children's storytellers and illustrators. His talent for creating imaginative worlds, and his brilliant story telling goes beyond introducing children to the limitless possibilities of imagination. As an adult he reminds me of that excitement I first felt when I was a child and was introduced to the amazing world of reading, and with it, the countless places and worlds each book took me to. The story of Mr. Morris Lessmore's story is no different. I love that this book is about books. Books have this ability to take us to out of our element for awhile, and give us the escape we need from the hustle and bustle, the pain, the frustrations, and anything else life throws at us, both good and bad. Books are like friends. They lend us support, give us answers and sometimes remind us of who we are and what we need to do. In Mr. Morris Lessmore's case, that is exactly what happened to him. One book was all it took to help Morris who's life had unexpectedly turned upside down and had him down on his luck. The simple gift of one book gave Mr. Morris Lessmore hope and a world of endless possibilities, when it introduced him to an imaginable world of many books. He found a new meaning, was given hope, and the courage to continue doing what he did before. Mr. Morris Lessmore's story is incredible, as is this book that tells his story. Like all stories, every one has an ending. But Mr. Morris Lessmore's isn't a sad ending, in fact it's a new beginning of sorts. Here's why, even though his story does end, Mr. Lessmore's book creates endless possibilities for another. And so, like the women who gifted him his book, Mr. Morris Lessmore's legacy continues on as it's passed on from one person to the next. With each passing it gives the new reader unimaginable hope, happiness and that little bit of courage to go do something amazing. This is one book I HIGHLY recommend picking up! It doesn't matter if you're young or old, you'll enjoy this story all the same.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Randie D. Camp, M.S.

    Willam Joyce has done it again, he has created another masterpiece. The story of Mr. Morris Lessmore is heart-felt and inspiring. Mr. Morris Lessmore loves books, so much so that he is nearly devastated when a disaster strikes and scatters all his beautiful books. Fortunately, he is able to find his way back to books and he spends the rest of his life sharing the stories of books with others. The illustrations are dark during the disaster and brighten up as the books are once again able to share Willam Joyce has done it again, he has created another masterpiece. The story of Mr. Morris Lessmore is heart-felt and inspiring. Mr. Morris Lessmore loves books, so much so that he is nearly devastated when a disaster strikes and scatters all his beautiful books. Fortunately, he is able to find his way back to books and he spends the rest of his life sharing the stories of books with others. The illustrations are dark during the disaster and brighten up as the books are once again able to share their stories. The combination of the text and the illustrations are brilliant and touching. I particularity enjoyed the personification given to the books. What I love most about this book is that Joyce based the character, Mr. Morris Lessmore, on the life of Mr. Bill Morris. Bill Morris, in the words of Joyce "is a lover of books and a grand old gentleman of children's book publishing". While Joyce was working on this book, Hurricane Katrina displaced Bill Morris and the book transformed into this inspiring story. I recommend this book to all lovers of books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Clare Cannon

    The picture book of all picture books, this one's gone straight to the favourites shelf! Its words and pictures tell how books transform lives, lifting people up from where they are and helping them become everything they could be. Every family should have a copy of this delightful book in their home to introduce children to the joy of reading. www.GoodReadingGuide.com And do watch the short film, it's delightful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adzywe... The picture book of all picture books, this one's gone straight to the favourites shelf! Its words and pictures tell how books transform lives, lifting people up from where they are and helping them become everything they could be. Every family should have a copy of this delightful book in their home to introduce children to the joy of reading. www.GoodReadingGuide.com And do watch the short film, it's delightful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adzywe...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    From IMDb: After a hurricane levels his city, a young man wanders into a mysterious library where books literally come to life. What a SPLENDID movie found by dear friend A aka B. Thank you so much!! From IMDb: After a hurricane levels his city, a young man wanders into a mysterious library where books literally come to life. What a SPLENDID movie found by dear friend A aka B. Thank you so much!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    A beautiful and poignant children's tale about the transformative and enduring nature of story through life's varying seasons, from one generation to the next. A beautiful and poignant children's tale about the transformative and enduring nature of story through life's varying seasons, from one generation to the next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jamila

    beyond love this!!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Lee

    The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by William Joyce, and created by Moonbot Studios is pure pleasure: The story inspired an Academy Award, led to a picture book, then augmented reality via an Imag.n.tron! app. Watching the faces of even the hardened ‘I-don’t-like-books/reading’ students, as the teacher’s iPad is held up to “look around” and the books ‘fly’ around the student’s learning space, is worth more than a thousand words. Bouchardon & Heckman (2012) discuss the opportunities The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by William Joyce, and created by Moonbot Studios is pure pleasure: The story inspired an Academy Award, led to a picture book, then augmented reality via an Imag.n.tron! app. Watching the faces of even the hardened ‘I-don’t-like-books/reading’ students, as the teacher’s iPad is held up to “look around” and the books ‘fly’ around the student’s learning space, is worth more than a thousand words. Bouchardon & Heckman (2012) discuss the opportunities of digital literature to provide a hands-on to the augmented capacity of computers, and this app is an example. The desire to read for pleasure is a basic literacy learning outcome, and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore provides an engaging and motivating appeal to students. The intrinsic motivation for this example of digital literature is best summed by McLuhan in Herther (2011, p. 27), "Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either". This app gives a view to combine learning and entertainment, creating a memorable experience. The limited colour palette, black and white contrasting with colour, provides opportunities for visual literacy discussion. Visual literacy is included in the new [Australian] NSW English curriculum, and metalanguage for understanding multimodal texts (Callow, 2013, Chapter 2) can be taught using this text. The technology to share this text requires the purchase of an Imat.n.tron app, as well as a print copy of the book. Digital affordances, named by Moonbot as ‘picto-helpers’, involve touch and are demonstrated via a ‘How to’ video which clearly demonstrates interaction and use of the app eg to activate the audio [reading of the text], the viewer touches the ‘picto-helper’. As well, the ‘How to’ alerts the viewer to possible errors [and solutions] which may be encountered when augmenting the pages. This is valuable, as a learned response limits breaking the reading flow therefore helping maintain the integrity of the story. (Yokota & Teale, 2014, p. 581). The text flows as a linear reading experience, however, if individual students were to manage the app for themselves, it is highly likely that the ‘picto-helpers’ would become distracting and negate the value of the app. For bibliophiles, this app has an intrinsic appeal as the plot is an allegory about books, the power and influence of stories and books. Considering the original format of the story was film, this seems ironic. The book and the app are mutually dependent, as one without the other does not allow the augmented reality experience. The printed book allows for subsequent readings, subscribing to the comment by Wolf (in Jabr, 2013) that “there is physicality in reading.” The quality of the language in The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore is descriptive and beautiful, eg. “she was being pulled along by a festive squadron of flying books” (opening 5), combined with the lyrical narration by Mike Martindale adds to the presentation of the story in the digital environment. If the educator’s question is how to inspire and engage young readers, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore is the answer. Quality literature and, as Sadokierski (2013) states, an example of an “eBook[s] that [is] changing the way we consider what a book is, and could be”. References Bourchardon, S., and Heckman, D. (2012). Digital manipulability and digital literature. Electronic Book Review. Retrieved from http://www.electronicbookreview.com/t... Callow, J. (2013). The shape of text to come: How image and text work. Sydney: Primary English Teachers Association Australia (PETAA). Jabr, F. (2013) The reading brain in the digital age: The science of paper versus screens. Scientific American, April 11. Retrieved from: http://www.scientificamerican.com/art... Kingwell, M. (2013). “Language Speaks Us: Sophie’s Tree and the Paradox of Self,” in The Edge of the Precipice: Why Read Literature in the Digital Age? Retrieved online from http://www.universityaffairs.ca/why-r... Parrott, K. (2011, July 18). 5 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Apps and Ebooks. [Web log post.]. Retrieved from http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2011/07/... Sadokierski, Z. (2013, November 12). What is a book in the digital age? [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/what-is-a-... Unsworth, L. (2008). Multiliteracies, e-literature and English teaching. Language and Education, 22(1), 62-75. DOI: 10.2167/le726.0

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