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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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The story The fantastic flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was about a kid who loved reading books and was very organized. One day the wind picked up and blew his books everywhere. He was devastated and went wandering around and saw a woman flying by books. He followed her to a library and found many books flying around. He grew old and finally finished his book he was writing and told all his books its time for him to stop. he flew away as the woman did earlier in the book. and as he left a little girl walked in and took his footsteps.

Personal reflection: I am very organized but I don't enjoy reading as much as other. All of my cars are always clean as is my room. I don't like clutter.

Classroom extensions:
1. Have students write in a journal everyday.
2. Have students write thoughts down about reading, teach them how to fold a paper plane and have them throw them. ( )
  Braydon1010 | Mar 23, 2015 |
As a book lover, I enjoyed this book and I think other readers will as well. A man grows bored of his life and finds books to be a wonderful way to learn and gain new knowledge. The main character, Mr. Morris Lessmore, is a well-developed and believable character. Though some things in the story prove that this is a work of fiction, like the books flying away and taking Mr. Lessmore with them, this story is quite inspiring. When Mr. Lessmore is down about his life and the books help to cheer him up again, the reader will understand one of the very important qualities of reading- joy and information! The illustrations are also quite vivid and detailed, which help the reader to imagine they are in the story with Mr. Morris Lessmore. The illustrations seem to fit with the text because when the story is gloomy, so are the pictures, but when Mr. Morris Lessmore cheers up, the images brighten and become more enticing. The main idea of this book is the joy of sharing and the joy of reading. When Mr. Lessmore cheers up by reading, he then shares all his books with anyone who is willing to take a book. While reading is important, sharing is too. At the end of the story, Mr. Morris Lessmore says "everyone's story matter"s, and this is a good reminder to readers that every person and every book has it's importance. ( )
  kwhite18 | Mar 22, 2015 |
This is my favorite picture book that I read this term. A man named Morris Lessmore absolutely loves getting lost in a good book and decided to write his own memoir to be remembered. A storm comes and blows all his pages away along with the city of New Orleans. A flying women drops a book with Humpty Dumpty on who begins to fly and leads him to a library where he takes care of all the books. The books are his friends and he gives any of them shelter who come. Mr. Morris rewrites his memoir and finishes it when he is old and satisfied with his work. He flys away and his book becomes another flying book just as a young girl arrives.
  Melody.Ryan | Mar 16, 2015 |
This is one of the most beautiful things I have read so far. It is clear from the first page that Joyce wanted to convey the joys of reading and this he does extremely well. The illustrations and story both are breathtaking and the books, as well as Morris himself, are written with so much personality that it is hard not to become absorbed in their literary world. This book deserves every bit of praise it has been given.
  jlange4 | Mar 16, 2015 |
This is a wonderful picture book that takes the genre of modern fantasy and creates a story that makes you love book even more. It tells the story of Mr. Morris Lessmore, more finds his love of books and learns to share it with others.
  ecarlson2014 | Mar 2, 2015 |
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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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