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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - William Joyce

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Hardcover

Published: 1st July 2012
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
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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 the story that we truly celebrate ~ and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.

About the Author

William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children’s media. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core!, and Santa Calls. He’s won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series, developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, and made films including Robots and Meet the Robinsons.

He’s currently executive producer of the DreamWorks Animation release of Rise of the Guardians (Fall 2012) inspired by his new series. He is also producing The Leaf Men, based on his book The Leaf Men. And his star continues to rise, he won an Academy Award for his innovative animated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the cofounder of Moonbot Studios.

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4.0

Great story for kids and parents!

By Tamando

from Wollongong Australia

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore:

    This book has an interesting storyline for all, with a hidden life lesson. enjoy reading this one with my kids

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    5.0

    Has fast become a timeless classic!

    By Mrs Books

    from Sydney

    About Me Bookworm

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore:

      I'll read it to my child
      I'll teach it to my class

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      "Joyce's Academy Award-winning animated short-film-turned-app that celebrates those who care about (and receive nourishment from) books is, ironically, now a picture book. The wonder and mystery inherent in the wordless film and the ability to manipulate the visuals and play the soundtrack on the app's piano beg the question: Can the book compete? As it turns out, the book has its own rewards. Clarity comes from Joyce's well-chosen words. In the opening on a New Orleans balcony, readers learn that Morris "loved words...stories...books." Every day he would "write of his joys and sorrows, of all that he knew and everything that he hoped for." When an Oz-like storm turns everything topsy-turvy, the melancholy man in the pork-pie hat spots a lady held aloft by a "festive squadron of flying books." Her gift leads Morris to a book-filled sanctuary set in a landscape staged and lit like a Maxfield Parrish painting. He tends to the volumes, distributing favorites to visitors, whose once-gray bodies blossom with color. Every life and story ends, and those struggling with their own goodbyes (and yearnings about printed books) may find comfort in seeing the fading elder revert to his younger self in order to be transported by the joyful squadron-just as a little girl arrives to choose Morris's story. The author's motivations (explained on the flap) will resonate with adults in the reading business. The best part? Lingering quietly while savoring the atmospheric scenes of Joyce's narrative vignette." -SLJ, August 2012

      ISBN: 9781442457027
      ISBN-10: 1442457023
      Audience: Children
      For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
      For Grades: PRE-SCHOOL - 3
      Format: Hardcover
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 56
      Published: 1st July 2012
      Publisher: Simon & Schuster
      Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 30.0  x 1.5
      Weight (kg): 0.58