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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 an amazing story of flying books, flying pages, and flying words. This is also an impressive story of a man's life. He entered a mysterious world of books by chance and lived a happy and meaningful life with countless books. It's an adventure for him and readers too at the same time, because the books there can speak, can fly, and can read themselves. At night, the books sleep as the man Morris Lessmore does. This book is very fantastic because not only the books but also Morris can fly. They become very good friends. This picture book with oil paints shows the amazing friendship of books and human. ( )
  CarolLuo | Feb 7, 2016 |
I liked this picture book a lot because it has a interesting character named Morris Lessmore. He is a man loves words and books a lot and goes to a book world occasionally. He spent his whole life with books and stories, and also wrote his own story when he became old, which let another girls found it and also can continue this amazing journey. The pictures in this book are made by computer but extremely pretty. And this is a realism story that readers can get involved in it easily. ( )
  QianqiongWang | Feb 4, 2016 |
Mr. Lessmore loved reading books. But a storm blew all of his books and he didn't know what to do anymore until he met a lovely lady who was flying with many flying books. She gave him her favorite book. Then the book toke him to a house that was full of various books. The books in the house gradually became Mr. Lessmore's friends. He took care of them and enjoyed their stories every day. He also shared those wonderful books with people who loved books. He said:"Everyone's story matters." Year after year, Mr. Lessmore grew older and when he finished the last page of his own book, he decided to leave. But it was just another beginning, because there was a little girl coming...
This story create a magical world where books have emotion like human and they can play with children. It shows that reading books can be very enjoyable and make one's life colorful. It is really important for children to know the joy of reading books. So this book are wonderful for elementary and middle school students to let them know how interesting the books are. ( )
  Aliceyeol | Jan 31, 2016 |
Good book for teaching about how to use imagination when making predictions and coming up with questions to ask the author.
  charity_thurman | Jan 29, 2016 |
I love reading so I enjoyed reading a book that has a compelling story that shows how reading is a joy. The author makes this setting a really unique and beautiful place that Mr. Morris Lessmore is brought into. The author makes the world of books a fantasy, and the main character is brought into this fantasy land. What I appreciated so much about this is that often when you read a fantasy book you get lost in the world which the author creates. They showed this through the beautiful illustrations that were throughout the book of the place Mr. Morris was in. This was a great book!
I would use this book to start the discussion on figures of speech, and then to talk to my students about the love of a good book.
Genre: Fantasy ( )
  epatt14 | Jan 26, 2016 |
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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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