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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

Overview - 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.
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Overview
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 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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  • ISBN-13: 9781442457027
  • ISBN-10: 1442457023
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: June 2012
  • Page Count: 56
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Books & Libraries
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-05-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

As e-books put pressure on the printed word, picture books that romanticize books proliferate (The Lonely Book, It’s a Book, and Dog Loves Books come to mind). Joyce’s magnificently illustrated book-about-books inspired—yet arrives after—his 2011 animated short film of the same name, which won an Oscar. The unusual sequence of film-to-book (there’s an app, too) suggests that while books are indeed glorious things, what really matters is story. This one follows a dreamy bibliophile named Morris Lessmore, who loses his cherished book collection to a cataclysmic storm that’s half Katrina (Joyce is from Louisiana) and half Wizard of Oz. After meeting a “lovely lady... being pulled along by a festive squadron of flying books,” Morris finds an abandoned library whose books are alive and whose covers beat like the wings of birds. They flutter around him protectively, watch as he starts writing again, and care for him as he ages: “They read themselves to him each night.” Underneath this book-about-books, there’s a deeper story of love, loss, and healing, one that will be appreciated as much (if not more) by adults as by children. Ages 4–8. (June)

 
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