About this book 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.
Reviews from Around the World Let me start off by saying that I know it may seem at first glance that The Fantastic Flying Books…..was written for children, but I believe it was written for everybody – young and old alike. Some stories are ageless. This is one of them.
I love this book. I adore it.
The reason I adore it is because of the way the story strikes a chord with me on an emotional and personal level. This book doesn’t just tell a story – it IS a story, if that makes sense. This quiet little book is alive, and it has so much to give. All you have to do is turn the pages and listen. The story will speak to you.
Reading this book is an experience. It has layers and complexities that are not at all obvious when you first pick it up and read it. In fact, I was quite unimpressed the first couple of times that I read it to my children. It wasn’t until I read it 3 or 4 times to them and then saw the Oscar-winning film short that expands on this story, that I truly began to fall in love. And now, its safe to say that I am head over heels. This story is beautiful and simple, yet the message – the message that I personally took from it – is incredibly powerful and that combination is what makes this book so special and unique.
I don’t want to plant seeds in anybody’s mind that will cause my interpretation of this book to spill over into what their own interpretation would be so I am just going to give a brief summary of the story and then strongly encourage you to read this lovely story for yourself as well as watch the approximately 15 minute movie short of the same title. I am moved to tears by the message I get from this story, and I want everybody to feel just as moved by the message that they take from it.
Morris Lessmore is a quiet, simple man whose life is abruptly changed forever when his home and everything he has ever known is destroyed by a terrible storm. Feeling lost and hopeless he wanders around until he is guided to a very special library full of books. At first, Morris isn’t sure what to make of this very special library with its many unique inhabitants, but he quickly decides that he was meant to stay. He spends his days quite contentedly taking care of the books and organizing them and sharing them with other people, until many years later, he decides it is time for him to go and somebody else moves in to become the caretaker of the library.
There is a part of me that so very badly wants to dive in deeper than that and go into all of the wonderful things that I have taken from this story. I suppose that is what an official “book reviewer” would do. There is much dialogue online about what the true “meaning” of this book is, and while it is open to interpretation and I believe the author intended it to be that way, I do believe there is one thing that the author wanted to convey above all else, and it was quite fun discovering what that was and I want to share it, but I won’t. I just don’t think it would be fair to you, the reader. The true joy from this book comes from your own discoveries and I want the entire experience to be your own. But if you have read it or decide to read it in the future, send me an email and I would love to have a “book club session” with you about it!
The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore has beautiful illustrations. That is what initially drew me to this book. They are full of rich colors and they tell just as much of the story as the words do, and that is my favorite kind of story book. It is the kind of book that your children will say “No – don’t turn the page yet!”, because they will be so busy looking at the pictures.
I have read this book quite a few times, and have seen the movie many times and even to this day, I still find myself revealing another layer to the story every time I do. Every time I close the book, or turn off the movie, I have questions. What does this mean? What does this person represent? Why did this or that happen? Then the next time I read it, the answer often reveals itself to me. This book is fascinating and fun and intriguing and a bit wondrous. If ever there was a story of my life, this is it and I have a feeling that a lot of people have found their story in at as well. Maybe you will too.— TheWorryGamesdotcom, Amazon