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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  6,183 ratings  ·  1,201 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.
Hardcover, 52 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2011)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
A perfect picture book for book lovers! A reminder that no matter what happens in life, books will always be there to bring you comfort.
Deb Tyo
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
Karen A.
My rating is a little biased because this is clearly a love letter to librarians from Mr. Joyce. Dear Mr. Joyce ... you flatterer you!!. I accept.
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
Jan 17, 2013 Cheri rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Book Lovers, Parents of young children, All Ages,
Recommended to Cheri by: Sparrow
My love of reading began when I was fairly young, and although I've always loved being read to, I think even from a young age, I've loved the magic of falling into a book and being enclosed in its story, wrapped in its words. Long before I started school, my older brother had taught me to read, and my world was forever transformed, unseen doors opened and this charming book, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" brought the memory of all that back to me in mere moments.
The illustra
Sep 28, 2015 Noura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Noura by: Johara Almogbel
This is way more emotional than I thought it would be. It's heartwarming and heartbreaking and just basically essential to everyone who loves to read.

What a beautiful book.
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 D. Camp, M.S.
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
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.
A beautiful and poignant children's tale about the transformative and enduring nature of story through life's varying seasons, from one generation to the next.
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
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.

And do watch the short film, it's delightful:
Alltså, det här är bara så jäkla bra. Underbar berättelse med fantastiska bilder! LÄS LÄS LÄS!!
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.
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!
I might have a new favorite picture book. I read this at Barnes and Noble tonight and started crying in the kids department(ask Scott, he witnessed). This is the perfect, perfect book. LOVE!!!
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS PICTUREBOOK!!! i'm a sucker for books about the love of books but this was tear producing!
Carter Boone
it was one of the best books i ever read!!!!!!!
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
Tati Dengo
This is the epitome of a book about being a book lover. It is a sweet, straight to the point, feel-good story that stays with you in an oddly multi-layered way. (You are reading a book about the story of Morris Lessmore and his love of a books, which ends with a book about the life of Morris Lessmore, which just so happens to be the book you are holding.)

As for the illustrations inside, the compositions seem almost like stills from the film, but the organic strokes from Joyce's hand are definit
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
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
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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.”
“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.” 1 likes
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