Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Picture Book Review: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

Title: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Author: William Joyce
Illustrated by: William Joyce & Joe Bluhm
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 19, 2012
Length: 52 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed

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. 

My Thoughts: 
Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books. 

I was in love with this book in the time it took to read those first three very short sentences. This is a book for book lovers. From the story of a boy who loves to read, to a library full of flying books, this is the perfect book for readers of all ages. 

Morris Lessmore loves to read. One day he encounters a woman being carried on the wind by a bunch of flying books. She gives him one and it leads him to a grand library full of flying books that he then takes care of and reads. As the years pass, he writes his own story, and when he is too old to care for the books any longer, they return the favor and fly him away. 

The story itself is both beautiful and heartbreaking. The idea of living with and for books is something that I hold dear to my heart. The ending is very touching. 
The illustrations are wonderful with a warmth that gives a sense of belonging. I absolutely adored them. 

This is a book that I must have for my daughter's shelves. I can only hope that she will continue to love it for years to come and perhaps read it to her children some day!

Disney adapted this picture book into a short film that won an Oscar! It's only about 15 minutes long but if you haven't seen it, you can watch it on youtube! I highly recommend it! 

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