The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Picture Books | June 19, 2012

byWilliam JoyceIllustratorWilliam Joyce, Joe Bluhm

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The book that inspired the Academy Awardwinning short film, from New York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce.

Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.
    
Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.
     But the power of story will save the day.
     Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.

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The book that inspired the Academy Award–winning short film, from New York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce.Morris Lessmore loved words.He loved stories.He loved books.But every story has its upsets.     Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.     But the pow...

William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children’s media. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core!, and Santa Calls. He’s won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie anima...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:56 pages, 8.12 × 11.5 × 0.5 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Atheneum Books For Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442457023

ISBN - 13:9781442457027

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whimsical and touching. Beautifully illustrated. Beautiful story. I think I loved it more than my daughter...possibly because the story will reach adults more deeply than young children. But the pictures are pure art, captivating our entire family. Whimsical and touching.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most beautiful children's books we have ever read! A beautiful, beautiful read - from both a literary and an artistic perspective. Highly recommended!!!
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" by William Joyce This special book is a gift to readers of all ages and should be in everyone's library!! It will be my gift of choice for all occasions. Another wonderful book for anyone with a passion for reading is Sarah Stewart's "The Library"!
Date published: 2012-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from whimsical story for book lovers of all ages Reason for Reading: Like everyone else I was enchanted with the short film when it came out and linked it on my blog and FB right away. When I saw the book was out I just had to read it! An absolutely wonderful, whimsical story for book lovers of all ages. A delightful story that just lets one become enraptured with the celebration of books and the story they tell. And even though this "book" is available in true book form here, as a movie, on an ereader and originally as an ipod app, it truly honours the traditional book form in all its ancient glory. The story is joyous and yet slightly bittersweet, leaving one with the feeling that no matter what happens in the future, true books will always be with us in our heart of hearts. We just won't let them go!
Date published: 2012-07-06
Rated out of 5 by from I can't wait to see this book. The short film, which won the Academy Award, was just beautiful. It celebrates the love of books.
Date published: 2012-03-01

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Editorial Reviews

"Joyce’s Academy Award-winning animated short-film-turned-app that celebrates those who care about (and receive nourishment from) books is, ironically, now a picture book. The wonder and mystery inherent in the wordless film and the ability to manipulate the visuals and play the soundtrack on the app’s piano beg the question: Can the book compete? As it turns out, the book has its own rewards. Clarity comes from Joyce’s well-chosen words. In the opening on a New Orleans balcony, readers learn that Morris “loved words…stories…books.” Every day he would “write of his joys and sorrows, of all that he knew and everything that he hoped for.” When an Oz-like storm turns everything topsy-turvy, the melancholy man in the pork-pie hat spots a lady held aloft by a “festive squadron of flying books.” Her gift leads Morris to a book-filled sanctuary set in a landscape staged and lit like a Maxfield Parrish painting. He tends to the volumes, distributing favorites to visitors, whose once-gray bodies blossom with color. Every life and story ends, and those struggling with their own goodbyes (and yearnings about printed books) may find comfort in seeing the fading elder revert to his younger self in order to be transported by the joyful squadron–just as a little girl arrives to choose Morris’s story. The author’s motivations (explained on the flap) will resonate with adults in the reading business. The best part? Lingering quietly while savoring the atmospheric scenes of Joyce’s narrative vignette." -SLJ, August 2012