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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), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 56 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:picture book, fantasy, reading, magic

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (2012)

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This one was good but just didn’t grab me. The story, of a lonely man taking care of a living library, was interesting. I guess my thought is that at the end of the day, stories are important but not at the cost of human connection. We do need both-stories and relationships-and that it’s not an either/or but rather life is much more beautiful when it’s both.
Then again, I may just be overthinking children’s literature.
  coffeymuse | Sep 9, 2018 |
This books helps to convey the adventures you can find in a book in order to help younger children develop a love for reading. The main character is an avid reader until one day his whole world and his large collection of books are turned upside down. He is led to a fantastical world of flying books and immersive stories where he can gain the joy his books brought him. The illustrations talk a lot for this book and after one reading my group was able to do a picture walk to recount the story. The use of the pictures changing from black and white to color to symbolize the joy from reading a book is wonderfully portrayed. ( )
  Kevin-Kelley | Aug 28, 2018 |
This visually stunning book serves as a metaphor for life itself, with a young man writing in his book about his daily ups and downs. When tragedy (in the form of a devastating storm) hits Morris, he travels with his book and comes across a woman floating by on flying books. That chance encounter leads Morris to a fantastic library where he spends his days until his story is done.

Lovely throughout, this book can work as a surface level story although its deeper meaning is obviously very important. A brief note at the end explains how the author wrote it is as a tribute to a dear friend, and his loving kindness is clear. The book's illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, with a cinematic feel to them (fitting for a book that was also a movie!). ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jun 22, 2018 |
Mr. Morris Lessmore is a writer who could never seem to write a good story. One day the sky turned grey and the winds blew him away towards a beautiful women who was being lifted up by balloons made of books. She showed him to library where all the books stayed. For years and years he cared for and shared the books with all people because he believed that everyone's story deserved to be heard. At night when the stories would go to sleep he would stay up and write in his book about his hopes and dreams and everything he knew. Eventually he got to old to take care of the books in the library and decided to leave. When he lefts the books were silent and realized that he left his book there. Soon after a young girl was brought to the same library and Mr. Morris Lessmore's book decided to fly up to her. The book ended how it started with the opening of a book. ( )
  sbizon16 | Jan 27, 2018 |
A man who loves books befriends a library of books that can fly. He shares their stories with the world until he is finally able to share the story of his own life. ( )
  aripley16 | Jan 22, 2018 |
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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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