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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
Rating:****
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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This is a great book to motivate students to read and get lost into literature. This is a helpful book if I want to get my students engaged.
  mmg020 | Apr 27, 2015 |
Great book to teach love for reading ( )
  SammiP | Apr 27, 2015 |
Even if I didn't find the cover of this book very exciting when I first saw it, I was - since it's [a:William Joyce|137553|William Joyce|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1407870851p2/137553.jpg] - expecting to be impressed. And I ultimately was. It's a beautiful, touching book, full of fantasy and whimsy. I'm not convinced however that children have all that much to take away from it, beyond the beauty of the amazing illustrations. They will understand that it's about books and that Mr. Morris really love books. And maybe that's enough. But parents will love this book, and anyway, picture books don't need to be for children necessarily, do they? ( )
  Fjola | Apr 23, 2015 |
Formal Two-Word Strategy Review: Stories and Sharing. In this modern fantasy story Mr. Morris learns about stories and how reading and writing are a form of sharing these stories. He learned that in opening a book you are invited in to what it has to offer whether it be informational, comical, or anything in between. Books are stories for sharing and it starts by opening the pages of a book. ( )
  kvelin | Apr 21, 2015 |
In this modern fantasy, we are shown the story of Morris Lessmore. He is a man who writes in his journal everyday, and reads many many books every day. One day, when he is reading, a distaster strikes, and he doesn't know what to do. Suddenly, an angel-like woman shows up and takes him to the land of books. He spends most of his time here, reading, writing, and enjoying the company of the many books in the land. He would read several books a day. He would also write in his journal every day, creating his life story. This was something he did until he was very old. One day, he came to the last page in his journal. He figured that meant it was his time to go, so he said goodbye to all the books, and took a book balloon ride up in the sky. Then, a young girl came to the book land, and the first book she chooses to read is the book about Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Review: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Written by William Joyce
Illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

While flying books that remind us all of birds seem unlikely in our modern world, it was a reality that the reader could have readily accepted based on the writing style and details given by William Joyce in his children’s book “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” This modern fantasy takes the reader’s imagination to another level, and puts them in the book as if they were experiencing everything with Mr. Lessmore.

This story not only gives the reader a new perspective on given situations based on how Morris coped with what had happened to him, but it also describes the imagination needed in order to be happy. While we are all at different levels in our imagination, when something bad happens, our coping mechanisms differ. William Joyce gives the character, Morris, an imagination that says everything is going to be alright, and that living among books is a very positive thing. With Morris’s imagination and the details provided to the reader, the author paints the picture of what is going on the page of the book and in the reader’s head. This not only engages the reader, but triggers the reader’s imagination to make the book whatever he/she pleases.

On the outside, this book may seem mostly about reading. However, the author creates a connection with reading and writing that is subtle enough to miss. Even though Morris is stuck in a world of books, so many books that he could read for the rest of his life, he still found time every day to write about his own life. The connection between writing and reading can be overlooked in classrooms. The author shows the readers how to create their own imaginative pictures by reading, while also showing the readers that writing is an important way to get their own imaginations down on paper.

This book not only shows a lesson about growing old and staying with your passions, it also encourages the readers to use their imaginations and free themselves from situations that seems unfavorable. I believed this book was inspiring in so many ways and is definitely a recommendation for anyone with an imagination. The main character’s love for books will encourage any young reader to read more and write a little something of their own. There is a reason this book inspired a short film: it’s powerful message will leave any person’s imagination flourishing. ( )
  BethWal94 | Apr 11, 2015 |
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Bluhm, JoeIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bluhm, JoeIllustratormain 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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