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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (original 2012; edition 2012)

by William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)

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Title:The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Authors:William Joyce
Other authors:William Joyce (Illustrator), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 56 pages
Collections:Farmington Public Library
Tags:books, libraries, fantasy, picture books, writers, authors

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The fantastic flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Author) (2012)



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In my opinion, this is a fantastic book. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. The illustrations really add to the story. They are beautiful and detailed. The very first page of the book shows Mr. Morris Lessmore sitting on a porch surrounded by books. The page is in color with lots of details. Suddenly a storm comes and everything changes. “The winds blew and blew…til everything Morris knew was scattered-even the words of his book.” The pages after the storm are drawn in black and white. Morris is obviously upset, and the pages darken to fit his mood. Suddenly, Morris sees a lovely lady who is being pulled by flying books. The lady is drawn in beautiful bright colors, and so are the flying books that pull her. The lady gives Morris a book and things begin to change. The book is happy and is drawn in color, Morris is still in black and white. Slowly everything around him starts to brighten. When Morris decides to read the book the color returns to him. The book leads Morris to a building where hundreds of books live. Morris moves into this building and begins to take care of the books who live there. Morris decides to share his books with the people around him. When the people show up to his building they are in black and white. When they get a book in their hands, they suddenly change to bright beautiful colors. The illustrations do a great job of showing how books can brighten up someone’s life. I also really like the main character, Mr. Morris Lessmore. He really enjoys reading books, taking care of books, and writing his own story. “Sometimes Morris would become lost in a book and scarcely emerge for days.” I like Morris because I can relate to him. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy getting lost in a book and exploring a world that is different from mine. I read to take a break from the real world. The big idea of this book is to show readers just how important books are. ( )
  Chawki6 | Dec 4, 2014 |
Perfect for anyone who loves books! With phrases like "a happy bit of happenstance" this is one to add to the to-buy list! ( )
  Nancy.Castaldo | Nov 3, 2014 |
The animated film is fabulous -- can't wait to see the book.
  vnesting | Oct 26, 2014 |
The main idea expressed is a love for books and stories and how they can love you back as well as the main character's journey of writing his own story. One reason I liked this book was the way the illustrator used color to match the emotion being represented in the story. For example, the story starts out introducing the main character, who loves books, and the picture corresponding is bright and colorful. Then, the story changes and the words of his books blow away, which makes him sad and lost so all the illustrations for the next couple of pages are in black and white. Then, the story gets more hopeful when a colorful girl flies into this black and white world offering the main character help. He takes the help and is lifted into the air to this magnificent library where his color is fully restored back to it's brightness. That effect makes the reader really feel the emotion being expressed by the story. The second thing I like about this book is how the author organized the story to come full circle. For example, the story started with the main character opening a book that took him to this library until he gets was old and is time for him to move on. The book ends with another girl entering the library where she comes across the main character's book that was left behind and the book opens it's pages for her. The girl begins to read and we can see the story of the library restarting again in this young girl, the text goes along with that by saying, "And so our story ends as it began...with the opening of a book." The ending is really well developed because it brings the story full circle as well as including the world outside of the story, for example the actual reader opening this book to read. ( )
  JamieLewis | Oct 13, 2014 |
This book is great for students to read to understand the importance of books and the love and respect we all should have for them. ( )
  carli927 | Sep 21, 2014 |
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Joyce, WilliamAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bluhm, JoeIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bluhm, JoeIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Joyce, WilliamIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Joyce, WilliamIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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For Bill Morris and Coleen Salley, who devoted their lives to books & To the memory of Mary Katherine Joyce, whom the jealous Fates took too soon.
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Morris Lessmore loved words.
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Mr. Morris Lessmore loved books and was writing the story of his own life when a storm came and upset his routine.  He is lead to a building filled with flying, talking books where he learns to appreciate many different stories.  Mr. Morris Lessmore continues to write his life story as he grows old and upon reaching the last page reveals to his friends, the books, that it is time for him to go.  He leaves behind is book and a young girls enters the book building to enjoy the never changing books.  I will be hard pressed to read this book to its end without crying!!  Such a beautiful story that celebrates the joy of reading and the illustrations are a wonderful mix of fantasy and reality.  You feel like you can fly into the pages!

The story began as a tribute to the late Bill Morris, the soft-spokenm dry-witted pioneer of library promotions.  Then hurricane Katrina devastated Mr. Joyce's home state and interrupted progress on the book.  The author saw firsthand the curative power of stories as he visited displaced children reading donated books in the shelters.  Unable to paint for long periods of time because of eye surgeries, finishing the book took many paths -- an Academy Award-winning animated short film, a groundbreaking story app, and now at lasts the book.  It is the most personal story of Joyce's career. [from the back jacket flap]

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Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books; after a powerful storm carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.… (more)

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