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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 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 |
This book is awesome. The main idea is that books and stories live on forever and it’s our job to create a story with our lives that lives on past ourselves. Mr. Morris loved to read until a storm blew all the buildings and words from stories away. A lady with flying books flew past him bringing color back to his life and gave him a book. From then on Morris was taking care of all the books in this big building (library). As time passed, he grew old and had to pass on his book friends to a little girl who carried on his job. The illustrations were phenomenal! The text of the story started to float away from the lines as the wind blew away the words. The beginning of the story was in color until the storm took all the color away. The illustrator then added certain objects like a book and the other page with the lady completely in color. This showed the life and interest in books began again. Again in the book the illustrator used the sun and moon as well as the character aging to create time passing. The author for each of these pages writes “he read for days, months, years, and more years. “ When Mr. Morris said his time has come to move on, he left just as the story began with lady and lead the little girl to the library. Then the message was given that stories last forever as we grow old and new life starts. I really like this book and will have it in my personal collection. ( )
  kfrey4 | Mar 31, 2015 |
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 |
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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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