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]
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)