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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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The book that inspired the Academy Awardwinning 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.

From Publishers Weekly

May 07, 2012 – As e-books put pressure on the printed word, picture books that romanticize books proliferate (The Lonely Book, It s a Book, and Dog Loves Books come to mind). Joyce s magnificently illustrated book-about-books inspired yet arrives after his 2011 animated short film of the same name, which won an Oscar. The unusual sequence of film-to-book (there s an app, too) suggests that while books are indeed glorious things, what really matters is story. This one follows a dreamy bibliophile named Morris Lessmore, who loses his cherished book collection to a cataclysmic storm that s half Katrina (Joyce is from Louisiana) and half Wizard of Oz. After meeting a lovely lady... being pulled along by a festive squadron of flying books, Morris finds an abandoned library whose books are alive and whose covers beat like the wings of birds. They flutter around him protectively, watch as he starts writing again, and care for him as he ages: They read themselves to him each night. Underneath this book-about-books, there s a deeper story of love, loss, and healing, one that will be appreciated as much (if not more) by adults as by children. Ages 4 8.

Customer Reviews

Buy the hardcover….

Meant to by the app, but bought this by mistake. The story is wonderful, but do you and your child a favor and buy the physical book. Reason is the iBook interface on the iPad is too small for this book: This is a book meant be viewed two pages at a time, in large panorama. If you view two pages at once on the iPad, the book is so small it loses its wonder.

No animations!

Please explain. :/

Awesome book

This book is so awesome I can't tell u how good this is wait I can from 1 to 10 I give it a 86

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
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  • $3.99
  • Level: Grades P-3
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Jun 19, 2012
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Print Length: 56 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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