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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  5,262 ratings  ·  1,087 reviews
Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.

Everything inMorris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.
But the power of story will save the day.
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Hardcover, 52 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2011)
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Deb Tyo
Mar 01, 2012 Deb Tyo marked it as to-read
Must. Have. This. Book.

My students are writing their own versions of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

I started by showing my students the first couple minutes of the short film that is based on this book. The students then began writing their story. Each day since, I have played a bit more of the film for the students. After each section, they continued their own story. I cannot wait for the students to complete their stories and share them. Each is incredibly unique and amazi
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Jen
I've been reading this one to my littlest human for a couple of weeks now (thanks to a dear friend who gave it to me- thank you!)and it comes closer than many other books about reading, books, and libraries in expressing my feelings about these things to the people I've made.

For me, a place with books is kind of a sacred place. I can't fully explain it. Perhaps I think this way because when I was sporting a ponytail like Rainbow Brite, books were the only things that I could carry that could i
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Sparrow
Jan 01, 2014 Sparrow rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bookies
Recommended to Sparrow by: tommie, elizabeth
Shelves: reviewed, wise
I was reading Within a Budding Grove recently, and the copy I have is an older one, the dust jacket worn and ripped in places. I like to read hardcovers of books the best, so I can use the dust jacket as a bookmark, and so I feel like the book is solid and less likely to get creased and broken by my reading. But, this copy was delicate, and every time I touched it, I could feel it crumbling in my fingers. The book itself was a beautiful, delicate thing, like the writing and ideas on its page, li ...more
Trudi
Love love love

Adore adore adore

Beautiful beautiful beautiful

A book lover's book. An object to be cherished. A story meant to be told again and again.

It softened the edges of this librarian's cynical soul for a bright wondrous moment.
Kathryn
I first fell in love with the Fantastic Flying Books and Morris Lessmore's story from the beautiful Academy Award-winning short film based on Joyce's book. I was so excited when my library finally got a copy of the book itself so that I could enjoy the original.

And what a gorgeous book it is!

I love the story so much and it's so beautiful and touching and full of meaning that I don't really want to say too much about it. I think it is open to many interpretations. I know I had my own idea of who
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KatLynne
Mr. Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. As a young man, he was enjoying writing his own story until the winds came and scattered his book and all his words across the land.

This little gem is perfectly illustrated. It clearly demonstrates the love of books and how they transform lives. This is not just a children's favorite but will appeal to everyone who loves the written word.

A charming and captivating read that quickly became a favorite for all ages.

See the short f
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Elevetha
Jan 03, 2015 Elevetha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bibliophiles + Everyone
*squeals in joy* A bibliophile's book, if ever I have read one. I don't think I can put into words how lovely this book is; how charming and heartbreaking and true it is*. Only a book lover would understand, which is why I do think that as much as children might enjoy the book, they probably won't find as much meaning in it as someone older. And it has layers. The more I read it, the more I see in it. But no matter how old you are or how many books you've read, it's a lovely story.

Oh, and the sh
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Lisa Vegan
Aug 07, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of books and stories and diary writing
Recommended to Lisa by: Elizabeth
I’m a sucker for books about books, and this is a fantastic book. For me, it was 5 stars all the way, up until toward then end, then it lost me a bit, but I still really liked it. I particularly liked the books as characters. I liked the lending library setting. I liked so much.

The story is sweet and amusing and inventive, and sort of sad too. Most of the pages had me smiling.

The illustrations are fabulous to view, so detailed and creative and unusual.

I can recommend this book to fans of books,
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This picture book deserves the same praise I have only said one other time this year, which is, if there's only 1 picture book you're able to pick up this year THIS IS THE ONE! William Joyce is one of my favorite children's storytellers and illustrators. His talent for creating imaginative worlds, and his brilliant story telling goes beyond introducing children to the limitless possibilities of imagination. As an adult he reminds me of that excitement I first felt when I was a child and was intr ...more
Ryan Dejonghe
I usually try to separate my children’s book reviews on Amazon and my book feed on goodreads. This book is the exception. Everyone—no matter the age or genre interest—should read this book.

Sometimes we are fortunate to have a story medium transcend the barrier between what is called a children’s story and what is a story for adults. In books, I would liken this to something like Where the Wild Things Are. For movies, this is like Toy Story; it is something that can be enjoyed and appreciated by
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Teresa
If you've seen the (Academy Award winning) short film of this, you already know how gorgeous the illustrations are, and that the charming story is a love letter to both books and their readers.

Perhaps the silent film is even better than the book, but that doesn't take anything away from it. It's a lovely keepsake, and mine is autographed!
Randie
Willam Joyce has done it again, he has created another masterpiece.

The story of Mr. Morris Lessmore is heart-felt and inspiring. Mr. Morris Lessmore loves books, so much so that he is nearly devastated when a disaster strikes and scatters all his beautiful books. Fortunately, he is able to find his way back to books and he spends the rest of his life sharing the stories of books with others. The illustrations are dark during the disaster and brighten up as the books are once again able to share
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Beth Sniffs Books
I loved the surreal-ness and magic of the library and its inhabitants, but I’m pretty sure the story’s meaning went over my head — the 15 minute award-winning movie on youtube didn’t do much to clear things up for me.
Dolly
Feb 19, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2013, childrens, library
Any books that feature a library are sure to capture my attention and when I saw this book displayed at our daughters' elementary school library, I just knew we had to borrow it. The story is entertaining, though quite bizarre, and I think it's best for older children who can appreciate the many layers of the tale. The illustrations are wonderful and we will have to see if we can find the short film.

I love books about books and I love stories that celebrate creativity and imagination. We really
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Clare Cannon

The picture book of all picture books, this one's gone straight to the favourites shelf! Its words and pictures tell how books transform lives, lifting people up from where they are and helping them become everything they could be.

Every family should have a copy of this delightful book in their home to introduce children to the joy of reading. www.GoodReadingGuide.com

And do watch the short film, it's delightful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adzywe...
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
What book lover wouldn’t love this book? A terrible storm sends Mr. Lessmore off into a new world. There, he becomes the caretaker of an amazing library where the books speak and fly. He begins to write his own book, the story of his life. When he completes it, he is old, but the books change him into a young man and he is sent back into his old world. A young girl comes to take over as caretaker of the library.

An enhanced e-book that is certain to charm its readers.
Stephanie
Hey all! This is not only an interactive book, it's the #1 "app" on the Igadgets. And my friend Joe Bluhm designed it. That's right, my friends are mega talented!
wendy
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS PICTUREBOOK!!! i'm a sucker for books about the love of books but this was tear producing!
Patricia Lee
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by William Joyce, and created by Moonbot Studios is pure pleasure: The story inspired an Academy Award, led to a picture book, then augmented reality via an Imag.n.tron! app. Watching the faces of even the hardened ‘I-don’t-like-books/reading’ students, as the teacher’s iPad is held up to “look around” and the books ‘fly’ around the student’s learning space, is worth more than a thousand words. Bouchardon & Heckman (2012) discuss the opportuni ...more
Nisah Haron
Jul 24, 2012 Nisah Haron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nisah by: Khairul H.
Saya sudah menonton filem pendek tentang buku ini agak lama dahulu sebelum mendapat bukunya. Saya juga tidak sedar bahawa bukunya sudah diterbitkan.

Kenapa saya suka buku ini? Mungkin saya ada kesendengan (bias) kerana saya memang menyukai apa-apa sahaja "buku-tentang-buku" atau (books-on-books). Jadi, ulasan ini pasti ada kesendengan itu. Watak dalam buku ini Mr. Morris Lessmore seorang penulis dan pencinta buku yang hilang segala-galanya di dalam sebuah taufan (Taufan Katrina, Louisiana). Dia
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The Loopy Librarian
I have to admit to a bias before I give my review of this book. I absolutely love books. I read books. I collect books. I decorate with books. I blog about books. I review books. I tweet about books. I talk animatedly about books. And....I'm a librarian. So, naturally, I related to the message of this book which was to enjoy your books but not to the point of missing out on life. In fact, sharing books is more fun than collecting books. I'd rather lend my books than have them gather dust. Mr. Mo ...more
Andrea
A sweet, captivating story by William Joyce, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a piece I first heard about from a colleague. She sent me a link to the short film on YouTube, and I quickly understood why this short film won an Oscar. (Here's a link to the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkJPM...) The story is about Morris Lessmore, a young gentleman who loves books and chooses to spend his days reading literature and writing in his journal. One day a terrible storm blows ...more
Stefan
HIs life was a book of his own writing, one orderly page after another. Hw would open it every morning and write of his joys and sorrow, of all that he knew and everything that he hoped for.

This is one of my favorite books to read to my children and we read it several times a week. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is even more so. Morris Lessmore losses everything but gains it back and then some in the comforting embrace of books. I love books about books and the people who read the
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Sharon (aka: Bunny)
12/2014: Over a year since reading this book and I still think of it occasionally. I think it is more than your average children's book. It is one that develops love for books.

this is a wonderfull book with beautifull drwaings that teaches children of the importance of books as well as the friendship, adventures and lessons we can find in them.


another messeage is that each of us has a story that he writes while he lives- and it's us who decide what to make of our lives and how to live them to
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Rachel
This was amazing. A wonderful tale about the power of books. It was incredibly touching.
Jazmin Maldonado
When looking at the cover of The Fantastic Flying books of Mr Morris Lessmore by William Joyce, it makes me curious, curious in a way that draws me into the book. With books flying and the face of pure confusion, Mr Morris Lessmore invites you to help him understand the oddness with him in this wonderful story. As we progress in our page- turning a lot of the little details put into the book is what makes this book so beautiful and unique. Upon opening the book a collage of books background the ...more
Tara Crump
The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore
Morris Lessmore loves books, but one day a storm comes and blows all of the books he loves along with his home into a jumble. Morris wakes to find himself in an unfamiliar word with a woman led by flying books. He stumbles upon an animated book that leads him to a home of more books. Here Morris passes his life caring for the books which have humanlike traits and writing his own book.
In sharing this book with students, I think this could lead to a d
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
I saw and loved the short film long before I read this book. I was a little anxious when my husband bought the book for me because I wasn't quite clear which came first, and would I really like the book as much as the film?

I needn't have worried.

The two are amazingly similar, both being charming and whimsical and just perfect for any reader. I highly recommend this story in any form.
Sue Smith
This little book is a wonderful nod to the magic and the power of books. Absolutely fabulous artwork and such a powerful message that is subtlety told about the wonder of what is contained behind a set of book covers and where that can take you ... and also the importance of libraries to house them.

My kids would have loved having this read to them!
Linda Trott
This simple, imaginative tale is a wonderful reminder that everyone's story matters. I am sure that I will use this to bring home a point or two either in a children's moment in church or at school, where not everyone is heard, but need to be.
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William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys, The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Toothiana, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shre ...more
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“Morris liked to share he books with others. Sometimes it was a favorite that everyone loved, and other times he found a lonely little volume whose tale was seldom told.

"Everyone's story matters," said Morris. And all the books agreed.”
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“Morris tried to keep the books in some sort of order, but they always mixed themselves up. The tragedies needed cheering up and would visit with the comedies. The encyclopedias, weary of facts, would relax with the comic books and fictions. All in all it was an agreeable jumble.” 0 likes
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