The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Booklover Morris Lessmore methodically records his life one page at a time until a terrible storm carries him away and destroys his words and his surroundings. A young woman, who is being pulled skyward by an array of colorful books, gives him her favorite, which leads him to an extraordinary library. The stories entice Morris who devotes his life to repairing the books and reading the stories to keep them alive. He grows old and the books care for him. When it is time to leave, a young girl replaces him, so that the books will live on. This is a booklover’s fantasy that parallels the author’s life, and also pays tribute to Bill Morris, promoter of children’s books in his 45 year career at what is now HarperCollins Children’s Books. William Joyce authored many children’s classic books and is known for his New York Times bestseller The Man in the Moon.
He cofounded Moonbot Studios which combines storytelling and animation. http://www.moonbotstudios.com Moonbot’s first project, a film based on The Fantastic Flying Books, won an Academy Award for the 2011 Best Animated Short Film.
Recommended for ages 4 – 8.
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