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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)
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Collections:Farmington Public Library
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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 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 |
There are so many ways to enjoy this wonderful story -- the picture book, the short film, or the interactive iPad app. I have tried them all, and for the first time that I can remember, I actually thought the movie was better than the book. :) The artwork is stunning in all formats, and the story features a message about the power of telling, and sometimes, finding your story. If you have the opportunity to watch the "making of" video, please do! It makes the entire experience and story that much more remarkable! ( )
  stephanie.croaning | Sep 28, 2014 |
Helps children pay attention to details and infer what they think will happen after the story ends. ( )
  Bmazzola94 | Sep 26, 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 |
I absolutely fell in love with this book. I think it has to be my favorite children's book that I have read so far. The first thing that I loved was the overall idea of the book. This story tells the message that books are magic, and as a reader and student teacher, I believe that children should be shown the magic of books. The second thing that I loved was how it was illustrated. The book starts out with Mr. Lessmore writing a book when a Wizard of Oz type catastrophe happens. During this storm the pages are dark and sepia toned to portray the darkness of Mr. Morris Lessmore's life without books. When The flying books come into his life the pages start to fill with color. The more the books work their magic, the more colorful the book becomes. On some pages where Mr. Morris is sharing his magic books, the faceless characters who have not been exposed to the magic are also in black and white. I feel that this is a great way the illustrations work to enhance the theme of the story. Some of my favorite illustrations is when the main character is reading, he is inside the pages of the book sitting or interacting with the letters. Finally the plot of the story made me fall in love. Mr. Morris finds the magical book place because he sees a woman flying away with books; when he finishes the book he started and is an old man he too flies away the same way the woman did reverting back to his young self. I took this to be that the books are taking him to his "heaven." Finally when Mr. Morris leaves a new person finds her way into the magical book place starting the cycle over. That was my favorite part, there is always an beginning and an end to every story.
  cduke3 | Sep 18, 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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