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

A book is something to be cherished, beyond cherished, it should be loved. This point is exemplified in the beautiful story of Mr. Morris Lessmore and his fantastic books that fly. His story is one that deserves to be read again and again for generations, because our children can never know too early, or too well, the joys and sorrows and glorious wonderful adventures books bring us.

fantastic flying books of mr morris lessmore

What Happens?

A young man, Morris Lessmore, loves words. Not only does he love words, he loves stories, and therefore, he loves books. Each and every day, Morris would document his life in his own book. Each morning, he would write of his happiness, his sadness, everything he knew, and everything he hoped for. He was orderly about his documenting, and he enjoyed it.

But one day, everything Morris knows is literally turned upside down, and the pages of his book, his life, are scattered. Unsure of what to do, he begins to wander. He becomes used to looking down, until one day, for some reason, he looks up instead. In the sky, hanging onto a bundle of fluttering flying books, is a lovely lady, being towed through the sky. She sees that he needs a good story, so she sends him her favorite-one with an amiable fellow that looks like Humpty Dumpty who urges Morris to follow him. And so Morris does.

The book takes him to a library that is filled with flying, soaring books. All sorts of books. There, in that incredible library, Morris spends his days, tending for the books and writing his own. When he is an old man, years later, the time comes for him to move on. He writes the final page in his story, grabs hold of a bundle of flying books, and is toted off into the sky, a young man once again. The story ends as it begins, with a young girl opening a book and continuing the legacy of the flying books.

inside the fantastic flying books of mr morris lessmore

Drawing Flying Books

The illustrations are interesting, that’s for sure. Detailed, realistic, and alternating between some color and some black and white, they took some time for me to get used to. But books are like people in that, the more you know their personality, if it is a good one, the more attractive they often are to you. This is such a beautiful story, that I found myself growing quite fond of the illustrations the more I read it.

illustrations

The End

I am going to be quite frank; I was definitely tearing up at the end of this book. Not because it was upsetting or particularly sad, but it was just so good. Its ending was one of those quiet, beautiful moments where the beginning comes full circle, and just hits home. I haven’t read a story quite like this before, and part of me thinks I never will again. A fantastic find for children and adults (after all it did inspire an Academy Award winning short film) this book has earned its place amongst some of my (and many other peoples) favorite books.

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

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