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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.

Review:

"Ironically, this book in praise of books first appeared as a much-praised iPad app and Academy Award-winning animated short film. The story, in a nutshell, concerns the titular book-loving Mr. Morris Lessmore, whose personal library is blown away in a terrible wind but who finds meaning caring for the books he finds in a marvelous library. Filled with both literary (Shakespeare, Humpty-Dumpty) and film references (The Wizard of Oz, The Red Balloon and Buster Keaton), the picture book version of Joyce's story has a quiet contemplative charm that demonstrates the continuing allure of the printed page. Paradoxically, the animated books of the film and app are captured as though in a series of frozen frames. The motif of the bound, printed book is everywhere. Even the furnishings and architectural details of the old-fashioned library in which the books 'nest' like flying birds recall the codex. The unifying metaphor of life as story is a powerful one, as is the theme of the transformative power of books. The emphasis on connecting readers and books and the care of books pays homage to librarianship. Rich in allusions ('Less is More') and brilliant in depicting the passage of time (images conflate times of day, seasons and years), Joyce's work will inspire contemplation of the power of the book in its many forms. As triumphant in book form as in animated and interactive ones." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"If you loved the Oscar-winning film that goes by the same title, you will take to heart the book on which it is based. William Joyce exploits each medium to the fullest....In Joyce's artwork, the books come to life as a full cast of characters....Morris stands in for all book lovers, and reminds us of the way stories live on only when we share them." Shelf Awareness, starred review

Synopsis:

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.

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 short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

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Caitlyn, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by Caitlyn)
Absolutely my favorite book read in 2012. Loved it so much that I bought one for my collection and then one to include in granddaughter, grandson and nephew's Christmas gifts.
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Krisket, December 30, 2012 (view all comments by Krisket)
Another book about the love of books but this one is so much more than that. The illustrations beautifully show the connection between reader and book as well as the passage of time. It illustrates the importance of stories in our lives. The main character, Morris, takes care of the books and they, in turn, take care of him. When all is lost, it is the stories that help him recover himself. If you take your time with the words and the illustrations, you will be thoroughly drawn into this book and will likely go back to the beginning as soon as you reach the end. I now aspire to be the lovely lady "being pulled along by a festive squadron of flying books."
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Rachel Coker, December 13, 2012 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
This book is a treasure. We've read it nearly every night for a week, and I know I'm enjoying it every bit as much as my kids. The illustrations are beautiful, and the story works on a literal and metaphorical level. It's the best book for children I've read in a very long time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781442457027
Author:
Joyce, William
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Bluhm, Joe
Author:
Bluhm, Joe
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt (fx: spot UV, foil, emboss)+int.
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
8.12 x 11.5 in
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

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Product details 56 pages Atheneum Books for Young Readers - English 9781442457027 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Ironically, this book in praise of books first appeared as a much-praised iPad app and Academy Award-winning animated short film. The story, in a nutshell, concerns the titular book-loving Mr. Morris Lessmore, whose personal library is blown away in a terrible wind but who finds meaning caring for the books he finds in a marvelous library. Filled with both literary (Shakespeare, Humpty-Dumpty) and film references (The Wizard of Oz, The Red Balloon and Buster Keaton), the picture book version of Joyce's story has a quiet contemplative charm that demonstrates the continuing allure of the printed page. Paradoxically, the animated books of the film and app are captured as though in a series of frozen frames. The motif of the bound, printed book is everywhere. Even the furnishings and architectural details of the old-fashioned library in which the books 'nest' like flying birds recall the codex. The unifying metaphor of life as story is a powerful one, as is the theme of the transformative power of books. The emphasis on connecting readers and books and the care of books pays homage to librarianship. Rich in allusions ('Less is More') and brilliant in depicting the passage of time (images conflate times of day, seasons and years), Joyce's work will inspire contemplation of the power of the book in its many forms. As triumphant in book form as in animated and interactive ones."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "If you loved the Oscar-winning film that goes by the same title, you will take to heart the book on which it is based. William Joyce exploits each medium to the fullest....In Joyce's artwork, the books come to life as a full cast of characters....Morris stands in for all book lovers, and reminds us of the way stories live on only when we share them."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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