Monday, September 10, 2012

Delightful Picture Book for Book Lovers

Some picture books are as much of a delight for adults as they are for children. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is that type of book. The Academy Award Winning Short Film by the same name was based on this book by William Joyce. Honestly, I loved the video, but I love this book even more!

The story is one all book and library lovers will enjoy. "Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. His life was a book of his own writing, one orderly page after another. He would open it every morning and write of his joys and sorrows, of all that he knew and everything that he hoped for." After his home is destroyed in a storm, Mr. Lessmore begins to wander and encounters a lovely flying lady being pulled by a squadron of books. She sends him a book which leads him to a very unusual library where he soon takes up residence and spends his life caring for the books and continuing to write his own story.

The beautiful illustrations in this book enhance the story and make the experience that much more of a delight. I truly found myself wishing I could jump right into the paintings. "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" is a picture book to be enjoyed over and over again. 

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